Randal D. Day is a professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. He is also the director of the Family Studies Center and the Camilla Kimball Research Chair. His research interests include family processes, father involvement, and father re-entry from prison. Randal Day teaches courses about families in crisis, family systems, and family research. Dr. Day is a fellow of the National Council on Relations and has served as a section chair and board member for that organization.
He has authored and coauthored numerous professional articles, books, and reports on topics relevant to family science. He is currently leading the effort to collect Wave V of the Flourishing Families Project. This research project has, for the last four consecutive years, interviewed about 500 families in Seattle and 180 families in the Provo/Orem area about their experiences within inner-family life.
Dr. Day has a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences, an MS degree in child development, and a PhD in family studies from BYU. He also has an MS degree in developmental child psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He left BYU in 1977 and worked at South Dakota State University and Washington State University before returning to be on the BYU faculty in 1999. He is married to Larri-Lea Kissell. They are the parents of five children. Dr. Day enjoys photography and playing the guitar.