Alan J. Hawkins, PhD
Alan J. Hawkins PhD, is the Camilla E. Kimball Professor of Family Life and Director of the School of Family Life at Brigham University in Provo, Utah. He earned a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University in 1990. Professor Hawkins' scholarship and outreach efforts focus on educational and policy interventions to help couples form and sustain healthy marriages and relationships and to help fathers be involved in the lives of their children. He is widely cited for his work that examines the overall effectiveness of marriage and relationship education, as well as fatherhood education, including nearly 10 peer-reviewed meta-analytic studies of the overall effectiveness of these educational programs. He has been intricately involved in state and federal policy efforts to strengthen families. In 2002-2003, he was a visiting scholar with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, working on the Federal Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiative. He was the Research Director for the original National Healthy Marriage Resource Center from 2004-2006. He served as Co-chair of the Co-parenting Working Group of the OPRE-funded Fatherhood Research and Practice Network. He is the past-Chair of the Utah Marriage Commission.
Plenary Session Title: How Effective have ACF-Supported HMRE and RF Programs been? And where do we go from here?