Brian J. Willoughby, Ph.D.
Brian J. Willoughby, Ph.D. is currently an associate professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and then went on to receive a masters and doctoral degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota under the advisement of Dr. William Doherty. Dr. Willoughby is considered an international expert in the field of couple and marital relationships, sexuality, and emerging adult development. His research generally focuses on how adolescents, young adults, and adults move toward and form long-term committed relationships.
Dr. Willoughby has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on young adult development, couple dynamics, marriage, and sexuality in the leading family science, psychological and sociological journals. He is the author of the recently published book, The Marriage Paradox: Why Emerging Adults Love Marriage Yet Push it Aside, published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Willoughby’s research on sexuality and relationships has recently appeared in such top journals as the Journal of Family Psychology, the Journal of Family Issues, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, the Journal of Sex Research and Archives of Sexual Behavior. Dr. Willoughby also currently serves on the editorial boards for Emerging Adulthood, the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the Journal of Sex Research and the Journal of Adult Development and has been elected as a full member of the International Academy of Sex Research. Dr. Willoughby is a sought after expert, interviewed regularly by journalists associated with both national print and online outlets. His research has been widely cited in the media, appearing in such outlets as USA Today, MSNBC, Men’s Health, the Washington Post, ABC News, Psychology Today, and Prevention Magazine. He has appeared in live broadcasts on such news outlets as HuffPost Live and NPR and has a recurring guest role on the Matt Townson Show, a national radio show dedicated to dating and family relationships. His research has won international awards from organizations such as the National Council on Family Relations. He has also been the recipient of the Mary Lou Fulton Young Scholar Award from the College of Family, Home, and Social Science at BYU and the Class of 1949 Young Scholar Award from Brigham Young University as one of Brigham Young University’s top young scholars.
Dr. Willoughby currently teaches several classes at Brigham Young University in the areas of family dynamics and couple process. He is the primary instructor for Introduction to Family Processes, a lower-division general education course on family dynamics that reaches hundreds of students each year. He also regularly teaches Family Adaptation and Resiliency, an upper division course focused on helping families overcome challenges and adversity. Dr. Willoughby has been married for fifteen years to his wife Cassi and together they have four children.