David Dollahite, Professor

Department: Family Life


Email: david_dollahite@byu.edu

Office: 2092B JFSB

Phone: 801-422-4179



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


  • Camilla Eyring Kimball Professorship from College of Family, Home, & Social Sciences, 2018
  • Research Award from School of Family Life,
  • Virginia F. Cutler Lecturer from BYU, College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences,
  • Co-recipient (with Sam A. Hardy) of Marjorie Pay Hinckley Research Award from College of Family, Home, & Social Sciences, 2013

Professional Affiliations

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

Recent Publications

  • Dollahite, D., & Marks, L. (2018). Why religion helps and harms families: A conceptual model of a system of dualities at the nexus of faith and family life. In Journal of Family Theory and Review (pp. 219-241).
  • Dollahite, D., & Marks, L. (2017). Relational struggles and experiential immediacy in religious American families. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 13.
  • Dollahite, D., & Marks, L. (2017). Transcendence matters: Do the ways family members experience God meaningfully relate to family life?. Review of Religious Research, 60, 23-47.
  • Dollahite, D., & Marks, L. (2017). Beyond the bucket list: Identity-centered religious calling, being, and action among parents. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 10, 44-54.
  • Dollahite, D. C. (2016). Christianity and families. The encyclopedia of family studies, 1, 345-351.
  • Dollahite, D. (2015). Sabbath observance: Families can learn to “make the Sabbath “a delight. Deseret News, 2.
  • Hardy, S., & Dollahite, D. (2015). Adolescent motivations to engage in prosocial behaviors and abstain from health-risk behaviors: A self-determination theory approach.. Journal of Personality, 83, 479-490.
  • Dollahite, D., & Hardy, S. (2013). Adolescent and parent perceptions of the influence of religious belief and practice. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 32(3), 192-205.
  • Bowman, J., & Dollahite, D. (2013). “Why would such a person dream about heaven?”: A Qualitative Look at Arranged Marriage in India. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 43(2), 207-225.
  • Hardy, S., & Dollahite, D. (2012). Religious exploration among highly-religious American adolescents. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 12(2), 157-184.
  • Marks, L. D., Dollahite, D., & Jacob, J. (2012). Faith and prayer in family life. Strengthening our families: An in-depth look at the proclamation on the family(2nd Ed.).
  • Hawkins, A., Dollahite, D., & Draper, T. (2012). Successful Marriages and Families: Proclamation Principles and Research Perspectives. Successful Marriages and Families: Proclamation Principles and Research Perspectives, 371.
  • Fackrell, T. A., Poulsen, F. O., Busby, D., & Dollahite, D. (2011). Coming to Terms with Parental Divorce: Associations with Marital Outcomes and the Role of Gender and Religiosity. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 52, 435-454.
  • Dollahite, D., Larson, T., & Speakman, M. (forthcoming). Religion and Family: Connections and Gaps in the Discourse of Social Scientists and Religious Leaders. Review of Religious Research.
  • Lambert, N., & Dollahite, D. (2010). Development of the Faith Activities in the Home Scale (FAITHS). JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES, 31(11), 1442-1464.
  • Marks, L. D., & Dollahite, D. (2010). In God we trust: Qualitative findings on finances, family, and faith from a diverse sample of U.S. families. FAMILY RELATIONS, 59, 439-452.
  • Loser, R., Hill, E., Klein, S., & Dollahite, D. (2009). Perceived Benefits of Religious Rituals in the Latter-day Saint Home. REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS RESEARCH (JCR 5-year Impact Factor = .703), 50(3), 345-362.
  • Hill, E., Whyte, R. O., Jacob, J. I., Blanchard, V., Duncan, S., Dollahite, D., & Wadsworth, L. (2008). Fathers' religious and family involvement at home: Work and family outcomes. Open Family Studies Journal, 1, 56-65.