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Justin Dyer

Associate Professor
Church History and Doctrine

270B JSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

W. Justin Dyer received his Ph.D. in Human and Community Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after which he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Auburn University. Following this he joined the faculty in the BYU School of Family where he taught courses on family processes and statistical methodology. He became part of the Religious Education faculty in 2015. His research includes fatherhood with a particular emphasis on fathers in stressful circumstances such as fathers of children with disabilities and incarcerated fathers. He is also the principle investigator for the Family Foundations of Youth Development project, a longitudinal study examining how family functioning influences youth development with a particular interest in how their faith develops from early adolescence to early adulthood.

Research Interests

Fatherhood: particularly fathers of children with special needs and incarcerated fathers. Development of religiosity and spirituality during adolescences and emerging adulthood.

Teaching Interests

The Eternal Family. Family Processes. Statistics.

Education

  • Ph.D., , institution ( 2009-01-01 - 2009-12-31 )
  • M.S., , institution ( 2006-01-01 - 2006-12-31 )

Honors and Awards

  • Young Scholar Award

Professional Citizenship

  • Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Family Psychology, 2012-01-01 - 2012-01-31 - Present

Courses Taught

2020

  • PSYCH 430R: Section 020
  • REL C 200 : Section 004
  • REL C 200 : Section 008
  • REL C 200 : Section 016
  • REL C 200 : Section 019
  • REL E 595 : Section 001
  • REL C 393R: Section 001
  • REL C 200 : Section 009
  • REL C 200 : Section 017
  • REL C 200 : Section 020
  • REL C 200 : Section 034

2019

  • REL C 200 : Section 001
  • REL C 200 : Section 005
  • REL C 200 : Section 013
  • REL C 200 : Section 016
  • MFHD 695R: Section 005

2018

  • REL C 200 : Section 001
  • REL C 200 : Section 005
  • REL C 200 : Section 013
  • REL C 200 : Section 016
  • REL C 200 : Section 001
  • REL C 200 : Section 004
  • REL C 393R: Section 001
  • REL C 200 : Section 002
  • REL C 200 : Section 016
  • REL C 200 : Section 021
  • REL C 200 : Section 029

2017

  • REL C 200 : Section 001
  • REL C 200 : Section 004
  • REL C 200 : Section 012
  • REL C 200 : Section 015
  • MFHD 695R: Section 003
  • REL C 200 : Section 002
  • REL C 200 : Section 013
  • REL C 200 : Section 017
  • REL C 200 : Section 029

2016

  • REL C 200 : Section 001
  • REL C 200 : Section 004
  • REL C 200 : Section 012
  • REL C 200 : Section 015
  • REL C 200 : Section 001
  • REL C 200 : Section 004
  • REL C 393R: Section 006
  • REL C 200 : Section 001
  • REL C 200 : Section 015
  • REL C 200 : Section 018
  • REL C 200 : Section 026

2015

  • REL C 200 : Section 001
  • REL C 200 : Section 010
  • REL C 200 : Section 012
  • MFHD 695R: Section 001

2014

  • SFL 460 : Section 003
  • SFL 160 : Section 001
  • SFL 460 : Section 001
  • SFL 460 : Section 001
  • SFL 160 : Section 001

2013

  • SFL 460 : Section 003
  • SFL 160 : Section 001
  • SFL 460 : Section 001
  • SFL 460 : Section 001
  • SFL 160 : Section 001

2012

  • SFL 160 : Section 001
  • SFL 160 : Section 006
  • SFL 160 : Section 002

2011

  • SFL 460 : Section 001
  • SFL 160 : Section 001
  • SFL 460 : Section 001
  • SFL 460 : Section 001
  • SFL 160 : Section 002
  • SFL 403R: Section 008

2010

  • SFL 160 : Section 001
  • SFL 160 : Section 002

Publications

  • Walker LP, Dyer WJ, Fraser AM, Coyne SM. February 21, 2015. Adolescents' Prosocial Behavior toward Family, Friends, and Strangers: A Person-Centered Approach.
  • Dyer WJ. 2014. Father involvement: Identifying and predicting family members' shared and unique perceptions.
  • El-Sheikh M, Arsiwalla DD, Stanton L, Dyer WJ, Vaughn BL&. 2013. Associations between preschoolers' daytime and nighttime sleep parameters.
  • Dyer WJ. 2013. Father involvement and student achievement: Variations based on ecological contexts.
  • Dyer WJ, Day RD, Harper JM. 2013. Wrestling Proteus: Assessing the Varying Nature of Father Involvement Across Contexts. 75th ed.
  • Call L, Dyer WJ, Wiley A. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2013. Inmate Perceptions of Financial Education Needs: Suggestions for Financial Educators. 1st ed.
  • Dyer WJ. March, 2013. Should my spouse be my partner? Copreneurial outcomes for business and family. 26/1st ed. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
  • Day RD, Dyer WJ, BCB. March, 2013. "Keep on keeping on, even when it’s hard!” Predictors and outcomes of adolescent persistence.
  • Dyer WJ. February, 2013. Mother knows best? Inhibitory maternal gatekeeping, psychological control, and the mother-adolescent relationship. 1st ed.
  • El-Sheikh M, Keiley M, Stephen E, Dyer WJ. 2012. Marital conflict and children’s internalizing behavior: Interactions between parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system activity.
  • Dyer WJ. 2012. Prison, fathers, and identity: A theory of how incarceration affects men’s paternal identity.
  • Coyne SM, Fraser A, Dyer WJ. November, 2012. Parents and adolescents growing up in the digital age: Latent growth curve analysis of proactive media monitoring.
  • Dyer WJ. 2009. A longitudinal examination of fathers’ involvement with children with disabilities: Does timing of diagnosis matter? .
  • McElwain N, Booth-LaForce C, Lansford JE, XW, Dyer WJ. 2008. A process model of attachment-friend linkages: Hostile attribution biases and language.
  • McBride BA, Dyer WJ, Rane TR. 2008. Family-school partnerships in early childhood programs: Don't forget fathers/men. M. Cornish, editor. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Presentations

  • Ogletree MD, Dyer WJ. The Impact of Private Religious Practices on Adolescent Anxiety and Depression. National Council of Family Relations 2020 Annual Conference. The purpose of this study is to determine how private religious practices affect adolescent anxiety and depression Although there is a significant amount of research on adolescents and public religious behaviors, such as attending church services, a minimal amount of exploration has been devoted to the impact of private religious practices, such as personal prayer, scripture study, and mediation on anxiety and depression Our study will focus on adolescent members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints This study will focus on the following research questions: 1) how do private religious practices impact adolescent anxiety?, and 2) How do private religious practices impact adolescent depression?. November, 2020.
  • Bradford AB, Johnson LN, Dyer WJ. Examining physiology in marital therapy as a shared experience between therapist and marital partners. Annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. June, 2020.
  • Ogletree MD, McCormick B, Dyer WJ. The Impact of Private Religious Practices on Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors of Adolescents. APA Division 36--Mid-Year Conference. Our purpose is to examine how private religious practices mediate Latter-day Saint internalizing behaviors, such as anxiety and depression, as well as externalizing behaviors, such as media time, sexual deviance, and other aggressive behaviors Although there is a significant amount of research on adolescents and religion, a minimal amount of exploration has been devoted to the impact of private religious practices on internalizing and externalizing behaviors—especially among Latter-day Saint Adolescents This study focuses on the following research questions: 1) Among Latter-day Saint adolescents, how does private religious worship affect anxiety and depressive symptoms, and 2) How does private religious worship influence social media use, sexual deviance, and other aggressive behaviors
    For example, regarding mental health, many studies have determined that mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression are associated with religion and spirituality The findings indicate that religion is positively associated with mental health disorders in adolescents and is a significant predictor of lower levels of depression (Sanders, Allen, Fischer, Richards, Morgan & Potts, 2015)
    Participants in this study are from Wave 1 and Wave 2 of the Family Foundations of Youth Development Project This study has a primary emphasis on faith development for youth in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) with a comparison group of those from other faiths and no religious affiliation
    Preliminary results suggest that there are both positive and negative relationships with these variables Data and results will be presented at the conference










    . March, 2020.
  • Rose AH, Dollahite DC, Little TD, Lee H, Dyer WJ. Familial religious importance and practices: A triadic exploration of religiosity within family processes . National Council on Family Relation. November, 2019.
  • Hurst JL, Gale M, Nelson JM, Dyer WJ. Authoritarian parenting style and adolescent religious involvement: The mediating role of doubt. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2019.
  • Goodman MA, Dyer WJ. LGBTQ adolescent depression and suicidal ideation - The role of family and faith. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2019.
  • Miller RB, Dyer WJ, Miller J. Reliability and validity of the relationship power scale. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2019.
  • Ogletree MDD, Dyer WJ, McCormick B. The impact of verbal hostility and family religious practices on adolescent negative religious coping. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2019.
  • Goodman M, Dyer WJ, Ogletree MD, Longitudinal Relational Research--Lessons Learned from the Family Foundations of Youth Development Project. Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. This was a review of our research findings for the past two years. April, 2019.
  • Hardy SA, Goodman MA, Dyer WJ, Ogletree MD. Religion, sexual orientation, and adolescent suicide. Society for Research in Child Development. March, 2019.
  • Hurst J, Gale M, Dyer WJ. Parenting styles and religious doubt: When church support can moderate doubt for adolescent members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah Council on Family Relations. March, 2019.
  • Leonhardt N, Willoughby BJ, Dyer WJ, Carroll JS. Relational empowerment: The longitudinal influence of marital power on marital quality and attachment security, over three years of marriage . International Association of Relationship Research Conference. 2018.
  • Rose A, Rose J, Miller RB, Dyer WJ. Hope as a mediator between religiosity and depression in LDS adolescents. National Council on Family Relations. 2018.
  • Ogletree MD, Dyer WJ, Olalere D, McCormick B, Petersen M. The Impact of Negative Religious Coping on LDS Mental Health. National Council of Family Relations. November, 2018.
  • Goodman MA, Dyer WJ, Grubbs J, Sperry H. Adolescent suicidal ideation: The Role of family and faith. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2018.
  • Dyer WJ, Gale M, Marsh A, Oldroyd L, Stewart A. Do beliefs make good (or bad) parents?. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2018.
  • Willis K, Miller RB, Yorgason JB, Dyer WJ. Parental Differentiation as a Predictor of Child Triangulation. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2018.
  • Dyer WJ. Advances in moderation analysis: An introduction to mixture regression. Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop. November, 2018.
  • Hill T, Jorgensen N, Hammond R, Dyer WJ. Divorced family matters: Exploring post-divorce conflict. Mary Lou Fulton. April, 2018.
  • Ogletree MD, Dyer J, McCormick B, Olalere D, The Impact of Negative Religious Coping on LDS Adolescent Mental Health. Mary Lou Fulton. Our purpose is to examine how negative religious coping, often referred to as feelings of "abandonment by God,” affect Latter-day Saint adolescents—especially in terms of anxiety and depression Although there is a significant amount of research on adolescents and religion, a minimal amount of exploration has been devoted to the impact of negative religious coping and its influence on mental health, especially among Latter-day Saint adolescents This study focuses on the following research questions: 1) how do parenting styles affect feelings of abandonment by God? In addition, 2) how do feelings of abandonment by God affect anxiety and depression?. April, 2018.
  • Goodman MA, Dyer WJ. The LDS Church and Suicidality: A National Study. Mary Lou Fulton Mentored Learning Conference. March, 2018.
  • Goodman MA, Dyer WJ. Utah Suicidality: Faith, Family and Other Correlates, . Utah Council of Family Relations. March, 2018.
  • Gale M, Marsh A, Oldroyd L, Stewart A, Dyer WJ. Do beliefs make good (or bad) parents?: Parenting as a mediator of parents' beliefs on child outcomes. Utah Council on Family Relations. March, 2018.
  • Moore S, Blazzard P, Scholes O, Griffiths E, Dyer WJ. Prisoners at home: Mental health resources available to the families of prisoners. Utah Council on Family Relations. March, 2018.
  • Ogletree MD, Dyer WJ, Baker H, Peterson M. "The Impact of Negative Religious Coping on LDS Adolescent Mental Health". UTCFR Annual Conference. Our purpose is to examine how parenting styles affect mental health and negative religious coping, often referred to as feelings of “abandonment by God,” in Latter-day Saint adolescents Although there is a significant amount of research on how parenting styles affect mental health like anxiety and depression in adolescents, a minimal amount of exploration has been devoted to the impact of negative religious coping and its influence on mental health, especially among Latter-day Saint adolescents Our study has the potential to shed light on this seldom-researched area This study focuses on the following research questions: 1) How does a mother’s parenting styles affect her sons and daughters mental health? (Anxiety and depression) 2) How does a father’s parenting styles affect his sons and daughters mental health? (Anxiety and depression) 3) How do parenting styles affect feelings of abandonment by God?. March, 2018.
  • Leonhardt N, Willoughby BJ, Dyer WJ. Midlife sexual satisfaction: A growth mixture modeling approach. Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research. 2017.
  • Dyer WJ, Ogletree C, Nauta S, Goodman MA. Adolescent Suicide: The Moderating and Mediating Role of Family and Faith. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2017.
  • Goodman M, Dyer WJ, Ogletree M, Hemmelgarn E, Baker H. How Does Religion Impact Positive Adolescent Outcomes. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2017.
  • Crandall A, Magnusson BM, Dyer WJ, Novilla MLLB, Novilla K, Evans K. The Role of Family Stress and Adolescent Self-Regulation on Risk Behaviors. 2016 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations. November, 2016.
  • Goodman MA, Dyer J, Ogletree MD. Intergenerational Transmission of Religion and Family Well-Being. Families and Human Rights: Promise and Vulnerability in the 21st Century. November, 2016.
  • Robbins N, Holmes EK, Dyer WJ. The intrinsic father: How father attitudes and identity predict involvement across contexts. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference. November, 2016.
  • Judd DK, Dyer WJ, Top JB, Relationships Among Grace and Mental Health in a Latter-day Saint Sample: A Structural Equation Model. AMCAP 2016-Convention. September, 2016.
  • Blocker D, Bean RA, Rappleyea D, Dyer WJ. Daddy Issues? Father influence on adolescent sexual debut. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference. September, 2016.
  • Porter CL, Dyer WJ. Does marital conflict predict infants’ physiological regulation? A short-term prospective study. International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development. July, 2016.
  • Porter CL, Dyer WJ. The role of marital conflict in predicting infants’ cardiac vagal tone. International Conference on Infant Studies. May, 2016.
  • Judd DK, Dyer WJ, Top JB. Relationships among Grace and Mental Health: A Structural Equations Model. APA Conference on Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality . March, 2016.
  • Coyne SM, Dyer WJ, Densley R, Money NM, Day RD, Harper JM. Physiological Indicators of Pathological Video Game Use in Adolescence. International Communications Association. 2015.
  • Dyer WJ, Robbins NL. Child Characteristics and the Changing Nature of Father Involvement through the Adolescent Years. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2015.
  • McBride BA, Curtiss S, Santos RM, Laxman DK, Jeans LL, Weglarz-Ward J, Dyer WJ, Kern J. Father involvement in early intervention: Identifying the barriers. Society for Research in Child Development. March, 2015.
  • Laxman DK, McBride BA, Dyer WJ, Santos RM, Jeans L, Kern J, Weglarz-Ward J, Curtiss S. Father involvement in early intervention: Identifying the barriers. Society for Research in Child Development. March, 2015.
  • Dyer WJ, Robbins N, Day RD. The relationship between adolescent outcomes and mother, father, and child shared and unique perceptions of fathering. Society for Research in Child Development. March, 2015.
  • Dyer WJ, Karberg E, Cabrera NJ. Family instability and children’s behaviors: A moderation approach. National Conucil on Family Relations. November, 2014.
  • Dyer WJ. Statistical Classification Techniques. Theory Construction and Research Methodology. November, 2014.
  • Dyer WJ, Day RD, Wiley AR. Jailed fathers and family complexity: Preliminary data using genograms. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2013.
  • Yoshida K, Dyer WJ, McBride BA. Longitudinal linkage between father involvement and child’s disability: A three-wave cross-lagged study. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2013.
  • Dyer WJ, James SL. Using Stata to simplify and expand the uses of Mplus: The runmplus command. Theory Construction and Research Methodology. November, 2013.
  • Yoshida K, Dyer WJ, McBride BA, Santos RM. Exploring the association between immigrant status, acculturation, and father involvement. Society for Research in Child Development. April, 2013.
  • Day RD, Dyer WJ, Blickfeldt S. Porn Use, Relationship Quality, Aggression, and Instability in Marriage. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2012.
  • Dyer WJ. Quantitative Methodology Section: Discussant. Theory Construction and Research Methodology. November, 2012.
  • Dunn KC, Holmes EK, Harper JM, Dyer WJ, Day RD. Mother knows best? Inhibitory maternal gatekeeping and its influence on the mother-child relationship. National Council on Family Relations. November, 2011.
  • McBride BA, Dyer WJ, Santos R, Laxman D, Jeans L. A functional domains approach to examining the impact of childhood disabilities. the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. March, 2011.
  • Laxman D, McBride BA, Dyer WJ. Mothers' and fathers' level of involvement over time: Reciprocal influences. the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. March, 2011.
  • Dyer WJ, El-Sheikh M. New directions in identifying Autonomic Nervous System profiles and their correlates: The utility of latent class growth analysis. the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. March, 2011.
  • McBride BA, Dyer WJ, Santos RM, Laxman D, Jeans L. The impact of child disability status on father involvement in childrearing. the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. March, 2011.
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