Patty Howell, Ed.M., A.G.C.



Patty oversees all strategic operations for HRC. She writes prolifically, including professional pieces in the field of Relationship Education, program implementation materials, and grant applications. As one of the foremost authorities on the relationship between marital outcomes, Marriage Education, and a wide range of key social factors, she is the author of the highly acclaimed Healthy Marriage booklet series, for which she received the Smart Marriages Impact Award in 2010.

Patty and her husband, Ralph Jones, are co-authors of World Class Marriage, which has been published in 11 countries, as well as the 16-hour World Class Marriage™ and World Class Relationships™ programs, two popular and highly regarded RME curricula. She has taught relationship skills programs and Train-the-Facilitator workshops for more than 30 years in 14 countries around the world.

With an undergraduate degree from Drew University and graduate degrees from Boston University and Washington University in St. Louis, Patty’s background includes experience as a counselor and counselor educator, and as founding president of two training organizations. Patty has considerable media experience and frequently presents at national and international conferences, including at a 2012 UN-sponsored conference in Geneva.

Patty and Ralph have had a world-class marriage for more than 30 years.

Other publications by Patty Howell:

The Case for Relationship Education: Creating Social Benefit through Skills Training

Impact Report: Research on the Impact of Relationship and Marriage Education Programs in California

Unshackled Potential: The Impact of Relationship Education on Incarcerated Populations

Healthy Marriages, Healthy Lives
Healthy Marriages, Healthy Society
Healthy Marriages, Healthy Women & Girls
Healthy Marriages, Healthy Children
Healthy Marriages, Responsible Fatherhood
Healthy Marriages & Mental Health

"Marriage Education: An important investment in cultural change"

Health Promotion in the Workplace (with Italian psychologist Alberto Zucconi)

Management and Self-Esteem


Patty Howell quoted in the Los Angles Times

Patty Howell on AirTalk

Patty Howell on Google Scholar

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Partial funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: 90FE0104. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.