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
  • Best Public Scholarship Publication from School of Family Life,
  • 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