Damon L. Rappleyea, Ph.D. is an associate professor and Director for Marriage and Family Therapy Programs at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. His research interests are in the areas of family violence, adolescent relationship development, and marriage education. He is widely published within his field of study and regularly presents his work at national and international professional conferences. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist in North Carolina, where he owns and operates a private therapy practice. Dr. Rappleyea has been married to his wife Rebecca, for 21 years. They are the proud parents of five children: Michaela (twenty), Aaron (nineteen), Jarom (sixteen), Tyler (fourteen), and Ava Lynn (eight). Michaela is a returned missionary from the Las Vegas Nevada West mission, and Aaron just left to begin service in the Barcelona Spain mission (returning in April 2021). Brother Rappleyea serves as a high councilor in the Kinston, North Carolina Stake and as the first counselor in the Virginia Cheasapeake Mission Presidency. Dr. Rappleyea received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University (2001), a master's degree from the University of Oregon (2004), and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University (2009).