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David Dollahite, Professor

Department: Family Life



David C. Dollahite is Professor of Family Life at Brigham Young University where he teaches classes and conducts research on the links between religion and family life. He is Co-Director (with Dr. Loren Marks) of the American Families of Faith Project. He received the Eliza R. Snow Fellowship for his research on religion and family relationships and was an Associate Director of the School of Family Life.
He has been a visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Adolescence, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Dominican University of California, and was the Jawaharlal Nehru Visiting Scholar at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.
Professor Dollahite obtained a bachelor’s degree in family life and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from BYU (1985) and a doctorate in family studies from the University of Minnesota (1989).
He is co-author (with Loren D. Marks) of Religion and Families: An Introduction (2017, Routledge). He has published over 100 scholarly articles and chapters and has edited or co-edited four books including Generative Fathering (Sage, 1998) and three volumes on LDS family life: Successful Marriages and Families (BYU Studies, forthcoming), Helping and Healing Our Families (Deseret Book, 2005), and Strengthening Our Families (Bookcraft, 2000).
David and his wife, Mary Kimball Dollahite, J.D. have been married since August of 1983 and are the lucky parents of seven terrific kids—Rachel, Erica, Camilla, Kathryn, Spencer, Jonathan, and Luke and are grandparents of David, Edward, and Eliza Lambourne (children of Rachel and Collin Lambourne).



Research Interests

The nexus of religion and family relationships


  • Research Award, School of Family Life, 2015
  • Virginia F. Cutler Lecturer, BYU, College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, 2015
  • Co-recipient (with Sam A. Hardy) of Marjorie Pay Hinckley Research Award, College of Family, Home, & Social Sciences, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Religious Research Association
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • National Council on Family Relations

Publication Info

  • David C Dollahite (2016). Christianity and families. The encyclopedia of family studies .
  • David C Dollahite (2015). Sabbath observance: Families can learn to “make the Sabbath “a delight. Deseret News.
  • Sam A Hardy, David C Dollahite, N. Johnson, J. B. Christensen (2015). Adolescent motivations to engage in prosocial behaviors and abstain from health-risk behaviors: A self-determination theory approach. Journal of Personality.
  • Carrolyn A McMurdie, David C Dollahite, Sam A Hardy (2013). Adolescent and parent perceptions of the influence of religious belief and practice. Journal of Psychology and Christianity.
  • Jennifer Bowman, David C Dollahite (2013). “Why would such a person dream about heaven?”: A Qualitative Look at Arranged Marriage in India. Journal of Comparative Family Studies.
  • Emily Layton, Sam A Hardy, David C Dollahite (2012). Religious exploration among highly-religious American adolescents. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research.
  • Loren D. Marks, David C Dollahite, Joanna Jacob (2012). Faith and prayer in family life. Strengthening our families: An in-depth look at the proclamation on the family.
  • Alan J Hawkins, David C Dollahite, Thomas William Draper (2012). Successful Marriages and Families: Proclamation Principles and Research Perspectives. Successful Marriages and Families: Proclamation Principles and Research Perspectives.
  • Tamara A. Fackrell, Franklin O. Poulsen, Dean M Busby, David C Dollahite (2011). Coming to Terms with Parental Divorce: Associations with Marital Outcomes and the Role of Gender and Religiosity. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.
  • Nate Lambert, David C Dollahite (2010). Development of the Faith Activities in the Home Scale (FAITHS). JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES.