About The Developers
Dr. Alan Hawkins, Ph.D., is chair of the Utah Commission on Marriage, which advises the state on its efforts to help couples form and sustain healthy marriages. He has been a member of the faculty in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University since 1990. He has worked with the federal government in its efforts to explore ways to strengthen marriages in our society. He is also an advisor to the National Center for Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, the National Center for African American Marriages and Families at Hampton University, and a member of the Texas Healthy Marriage Initiative Research Advisory Group. He was the research hub director of the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center. He has published dozens of scholarly articles and three books on marriage, divorce, and fathering.
Dr. Fackrell, J.D., is an Attorney Mediator in Utah. She has had a private law practice since 1998 focusing on family law. She graduated cum laude from BYU Law School and is currently part-time faculty at the law school teaching mediation. She received the Phi Alpha Delta Professor of the Year Award in 2006. She has had a private mediation practice focusing on divorce and domestic mediation since 1997. Dr. Fackrell served on the Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council for the State of Utah for House Bill 4, which required mediation for all contested divorces. She is a Domestic Mentor for the State of Utah and does one-on-one training for those who are becoming divorce mediators in the State of Utah. She helped to initiate the Victim Offender Mediation Program in the Fourth District Juvenile Court and also the Provo School District Truancy Program. She has taught thousands of at-risk youth and professionals principles of conflict resolution, communication, mediation, and negotiation. Dr. Fackrell is a Master Mediator and Primary Trainer for the State of Utah and performs certifications in mediation and divorce mediation for professionals. She received an honorary award from the Juvenile Justice Services and the Slate Canyon Youth Program in 2004, 2005, and 2008.
Dr. Brian Higginbotham, Ph.D., MFT, is an extension specialist and associate professor of family, consumer, and human development at Utah State University. He is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He directs several federal and state-funded projects and provides statewide leadership for extension programs that strengthen family relationships.