Derrel Higgins

Derrel Higgins

Home & Family Department Chair


Derrel Higgins is a full time faculty member in the department of home and family. Before coming to teach at BYU-I five years ago, he taught at Glendale Community College in Arizona. Prior to that, he worked as a marriage and family therapist with LDS Family Services. 

Brother Higgins earned his bachelor’s degree in family resources and human development from Arizona State University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in marriage and family therapy from BYU-Provo.  

Brother Higgins has been married to his sweetheart, Heidi, for almost 21 years and they have three sons and one daughter.

Spiritual Preparation

Pre-Devotional Discussion:

Please respond to the questions below on the devotional discussion board:

When I was a boy growing up with seven brothers (and one sister… yes, poor girl) I learned many things to not do from the experience of pain. For example, I learned that jumping off the roof onto a trampoline was not good if your little brother was already on the trampoline. I learned this specifically when he flew up from my bounce and his hard head bloodied and almost broke my nose.  

Tell me about a time when you have learned something from the experience of pain. What did your pain teach you?