Alan Hawkins, Professor

Department: Family Life



Office: 2086-B JFSB

Phone: 801-422-7088



Alan J. Hawkins is a Professor and current Director of the School of Family Life at Brigham University in Provo, Utah. He earned a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University in 1990. Professor Hawkins has taught and conducted research and outreach at Brigham Young University since 1990. In 2012, he received the university's prestigious Karl G. Maeser Research Award. From 2014-2019 he held the Camilla E. Kimball Endowed Professorship of Home and Family Living. His scholarship and outreach focuses on educational and policy interventions to help couples form and sustain healthy relationships and enduring marriages. In 2003-2004, he was a visiting scholar with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services), working on the federal healthy marriages initiative. He has served twice as the Chair of the Utah Marriage Commission.

Research Interests

- Programs and policies to help couples form and sustain healthy marriages and relationships.
- Divorce ideation.
- Educational programs and policies to strengthen responsible fathering.


  • Camilla Eyring Kimball Endowed Professorship of Home and Family Life from Brigham Young University, 2014
  • Advancing the Cause from National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education,
  • Annual Research Award from School of Family Life, Brigham Young Universty,
  • Significant Research Award from Utah Association for Marriage and Family Therapy,
  • J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Fellowship from Brigham Young University, 2008
  • Virginia F. Cutler Lecture from School of Family Life, 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Society for Prevention Research

Recent Publications