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David Schramm

David Schramm, PhD

Associate Professor, Family Life Extension Specialist

Curriculum Vitae Dr. Dave Presentation


Known as “Dr. Dave” on campus and across the country, Dave Schramm is an Associate Professor and Family Life Extension Specialist at Utah State University in the department of Human Development and Family Studies. After graduating with his Ph.D. from Auburn University, he worked as a professor at the University of Missouri for nine years. Since arriving at USU in 2016, he has been appointed by Governor Herbert to serve on Utah’s Commission on Marriage, he appears monthly on Fox 13’s “The Place” and he launched a Facebook page (DrDaveUSU) where he shares research and tips on helping individuals, parents, and couples flourish. From British Columbia to Beijing, China, and from St. Louis to San Diego, Dr. Dave has given over 500 presentations, classes, and workshops to a variety of audiences ( His work centers on promoting happy and healthy relationships, including romantic and marital relationships, parent-child relationships, coparenting, and promoting flourishing individuals.  


  • PhD Human Development and Family Studies, August 2007, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
  • MS Family and Human Development, August 2003, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • BS Marriage, Family, and Human Development, August 2001, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Research Interests

I am in the process of developing a curriculum that focuses on personal well-being, incorporating findings from positive psychology, neuroscience, health and mindfulness. I am also working on a relationship and marriage education program that encourages increasing positivity and connection. I have developed a 4-hour parent-education training for professionals who work with parents, called Strong Parents, Stable Children: Building Protective Factors to Strengthen Families. I expanded this curriculum to an 8-hour training for parents. Both trainings center on the Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors. I am eager to work with students who share my interest in strengthening couple and family relationships and promoting strengths and personal well-being.  

Dr. Schramm is accepting graduate students in Fall 2020.