Chelom Leavitt, Assistant Professor

Department: Family Life



Office: 2054 JFSB

Phone: 801-422-6573



Born and raised in Yakima, Washington, Chelom began her college education at Brigham Young University studying Economics. She then attended Law School at BYU. During her legal career, Chelom taught law in Eastern Europe. It was there that she became interested in family relationships and how to create stronger bonds within these relationships. She finished a master's degree in Marriage, Family and Human Development at BYU in 2010 and returned to Ukraine as a 2010-2011 Fulbright Fellow to research and teach on family relationships. She then attended Penn State where she earned her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies.


  • PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State, 2017
  • M.S. in MFHD from BYU, 2010
  • J.D. in Law from J. Reuben Clark Law School, 1992
  • B.S. in Economics from BYU, 1988
  • B.S. in Economics from BYU, 1988

Research Interests

I research issues surrounding healthy sex within committed relationship. I also examine how being mindful in daily experiences and sexual experiences may be associated with increased sexual satisfaction. I am leading a project with Alan Hawkins, PhD, and Jason Whiting, PhD, examining how relationship education and mindfulness may be associated with sexual functioning, quality, and satisfaction.


  • Emmeline Wells Grant from Women's Studies, 2018

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Prevention Research
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Utah State Bar