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David Schramm, PhD

David Schramm

Associate Professor
306 Gentry Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 884-1995
Fax: [573] 884-5550
Vita (PDF)


PhD, Auburn University, 2007; MS, Utah State University, 2003; BS, Brigham Young University, 2001.

Research Interests

  • Relationship and marriage education
  • Parenting, stepfamily, and divorce education
  • Divorce, economic consequences and the decision-making process

My research program has direct ties to my extension activities, which primarily focus on developing and evaluating family life education programs. My work centers on promoting happy and healthy relationships, including romantic and marital relationships, parent-child relationships, and coparenting relationships for separated or divorced parents.

I am currently serving as the Project Director of a five-year (Sept. 2015 – Sept. 2020), $9.6 million grant[HES1] from the Administration for Children and Families. The Show Me Healthy Marriages and Relationships grant will provide relationship, marriage and family life education to more than 2,000 families across 21 counties in Missouri. Dr. Chelsea Garneau-Rosner[HES2] serves as the Co-I and Program Performance Measurement Manager.

For the past several years I have worked with other extension professionals from around the country in developing and delivering a curriculum entitled Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Training (HRMET), which aims to equip child welfare professionals and others with information and tools to strengthen couple and family relationships. I have also delivered relationship education curricula to Family and Consumer Science teachers targeted at adolescents.

I also oversee and teach a coparenting/divorce education curriculum, entitled Focus on Kids. The purpose of this workshop is to help parents learn how to better nurture and support their children during and after the divorce process. I continue to conduct research on this program as well as the online version of this program.

Currently I am conducting several research and extension projects:

  • The Show Me Healthy Marriages and Relationships [HES3] grant involves working with three community partners (Central Missouri Community Action located in Columbia, Douglass Community Services, Inc. located in Hannibal, and Cornerstones of Care—Healthy Families Program, located in Kansas City). Along with regional extension specialists and graduate students our team will provide tailored case management services and deliver relationship and marriage education programming in addition to parenting, stepfamily, money management, personal well-being, and employability skills training. These services will target more than 2,000 Missouri residents across 21 counties, with a particular emphasis on helping low-resource families improve their healthy relationship and marriage skills, parenting and coparenting skills, personal well-being, and economic stability.
  • Dating after Divorce. Working with colleagues here at Mizzou, we are interested in learning more about the dating process and development of relationships following separation or divorce through surveys and interviews.
  • Divorce Prevention Project. Working with colleagues at Brigham Young University and elsewhere, we are interested in better understanding the experiences of individuals and couples who are thinking about divorce (or have thought about it in the past) and how they make decisions about divorce or staying together.
  • Strong Couples, Stable Children: Building Protective Factors to Strengthen Families. Using grant funding from Missouri’s Children’s Trust Fund and Missouri’s Department of Mental Health, I have developed a 4-hour parent education training [HES4] related to the five Strengthening Families protective factors[HES5]. The primary audiences of the training individuals who work directly with at-risk families, including, business professionals, educators, heath care professionals, clergy, and parents. This project will be continuously updated and evaluated.

  • Coparenting Patterns and Stages of Change. Working with graduate students to evaluate the effectiveness of the Focus on Kids divorce education class for individuals of different coparenting patterns by evaluating the percent of individuals who transition toward more cooperative patterns of coparenting and show improved scores on parental conflict resolution over three and six months.  This research will also explore how demographic factors and participants’ stage of change are related to program effectiveness.

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