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Patrick Fagan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) at the Family Research Council. His research examines the relationships between family, marriage, religion, community, and social problems. He has also studied and published various articles on the impact of family life and religion on key social policy areas such as education, crime, health, and income. Before joining the Family Research Council, Fagan was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Community Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by President George H.W. Bush and was a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation for thirteen years. A native of Ireland, Dr. Fagan received his Bachelor of Social Science in sociology and social administration and a professional graduate degree in psychology as well as a Ph.D. from University College Dublin.