We want to hear from you!

BYU-Idaho values suggestions and ideas that can improve the university.
Use our Feedback Form to let us know what you think.

Brigham Young University Logo


  • PhD - University of Georgia - Child and Family Development, Area of Concentration: Adolescence
  • MS - Utah State University - Family and Human Development, Minor: Statistics
  • BS - Utah State University - Sociology, Minors: Computer Science and Statistics

Areas of Interest

  • Kelly McCoy has long been fascinated with the adolescent experience and the adventures and challenges that are a part of this period of development. In particular, he is interested in the intertwining of the relationships in adolescents' lives. His research has focused on adolescents' relationships with their parents, siblings, and friends, with particular interest in parents' involvement in adolescents' friendships.
  • Kelly has been married to Darla Montgomery for 29 years. They have 5 children. They love to camp, hike, ride dirt bikes, cross-country ski, bycycle and watch movies together as a family.

Teaching Experience

Instructor - Department of Home and Family: Brigham Young University - Idaho (2007 - present)

Instructor - Department of Marriage, Family & Human Development, School of Family Life: Brigham Young University (1996 - 2006)

Coordinator - Department of Marriage, Family & Human Development, School of Family Life: Brigham Young University, Course: MFHD 792R - Faculty / Graduate Student Family Research Symposium (Aug, 1996 - May 2001)

Instructor - Department of Child and Family Development: University of Georgia, Course: CFD 470 - Adolescence and the Family (April, 1989 - June, 1989)

and more...

Research Experience

Evaluation Coordinator - University Affiliated Programs: University of Georgia (1992-1996) Study: Head Start/Public School Transition Demonstration Project

Associate Project Director - Institute for Behavioral Research: University of Georgia (1995-1996) Study: Adolescent Development Research Project

Research Scientist - Program for the Study of Competence in Children and Families: Department of Child and Family Development, University of Georgia (1992-1996) Study: Examination of sibling behavior and parental interactions involving same-sex sibling pairs

Project Director - Institute for Behavioral Research: University of Georgia (July 1994 - Oct. 1994) Study: Adolescent Development Research Project

and more...


Duerden, M. D., Widmer, M. A., Taniguchi, S. T., & McCoy, J. K. (2009). Adventures in identity development: Theimpact of adventure recreation on adolescent identity development. Identity, 9(4), 341-359.doi:10.1080/15283480903422806

Beutler, I., Beutler, L., & McCoy, J. K. (2008). Money aspirations about living well: Middle school student perceptions.Financial Counseling and Planning, 19(1), 44-60.

Gudmunson, C. G., Beutler, I. F., Israelsen, C. L., McCoy, J. K., and Hill, E. J. (2007). Linking financial strain to maritalinstability: Examining the roles of emotional distress and marital interaction. Journal of Family Economic Issues,28, 357-376.

Wells, M. S., Widmer, M. A., & McCoy, J. K. (2004) Grubs and grasshoppers: Challenge-based recreation and thecollective efficacy of families with at-risk youth. Family Relations, 53, 326-333.

Huff, C., Widmer, M. A., McCoy, J. K., & Hill, B. J. (2003). The influence of challenging recreation onparent-adolescent communication. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 37, 18-37.

Thompson, B., Klein, S. R., McCoy, J. K. (2003, Winter). Education for Family Life in Utah High Schools: Possibilitiesfor Renewal. Impact, 38-42.

Williams, M., Thomsen, S. R., & McCoy, J. K. (2003). Looking for an accurate mirror: A model for the relationshipbetween media use and anorexia. Eating Behaviors,4, 127-134

McCoy, J. K., Brody, G. H., Stoneman, Z. (2002). Temperament and the quality of best friendships: Effect of same-sexsibling relationships, Family Relations, 51, 248-255.

Thomsen, S. R., McCoy, J. K., Gustafson, R. L., & Williams, M. (2002). Motivations for reading beauty and fashionmagazines and anorexic risk in college-age women. Media Psychology, 4, 113-135.

Thomsen, S. R., McCoy, J. K.,Williams, M., & Gustafson, R. L. (2002). The relationship between beauty and fashionmagazine reading frequency and dieting for weight loss among female college students. Southwest MassCommunication Journal, 17, 51-61.

Thomsen, S. R., & McCoy, J. K., Williams, M. (2001). Internalizing the impossible: Anorectic outpatients'experienceswith women's beauty and fashion magazines. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Prevention and Treatment, 9, 65-80.

Thomsen, S. R., McCoy, J. K., & Williams, M. (2000). Reconstructing the World of the Anorectic Outpatient:Procedures for Enhancing Trustworthiness and Credibility. The Qualitative Report [On-line serial], 5 (1/2).Available:

and more...