Luncheon Speaker--Alan Hawkins
Alan J. Hawkins is a professor of Family Life at Brigham University in Provo, Utah, USA. He earned a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University in 1990. Professor Hawkins’ has taught and conducted research and outreach at Brigham Young University since 1990. He recently received the university's prestigious Karl G. Maeser Research Award. His scholarship and outreach focuses on educational and policy interventions to help couples form and sustain healthy marriages and relationships. He is widely cited for his work that examines the overall effectiveness of marriage and relationship education. In 2003-2004, he was a visiting scholar with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services), working on the federal healthy marriage initiative. He was the Research Director of the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center from 2004-2006. He was the Chair of the Utah Healthy Marriage Initiative from 2008-2010. He is a member of the Research Advisory Group of the Oklahoma Healthy Marriage Initiative and Texas Healthy Marriage Initiative, and the National Advisory Committee for the National Center for Families and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University.