About the Team
The Thrive Center Team is a collaborative group currently made up of 26 faculty, staff, post-doctoral researchers, student fellows, and student researchers. We also consult with an esteemed team of strategic advisors to strengthen and solidify our ideas and endeavors. In addition, we work closely with the Travis Research Institute and are a part of the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.
Meet the Advisors [.PDF]
Justin Barrett, PhD Thrive Center Director
Dr. Barrett is the Director of the Thrive Center for Human Development, Thrive Professor of Developmental Science, and Professor of Psychology. He earned his PhD in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology at Cornell University, and a BA in Psychology from Calvin College. Prior to coming to Fuller, Barrett taught for five years in Oxford University’s School of Anthropology, and is best known for his research on religion.
Rebecca Dorsey Sok, MA Thrive Center Manager
Rebecca Sok is the Manager of the Thrive Center for Human Development. She holds an MA in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA and a BA in Organizational Communication from George Fox University. Sok manages the day-to-day logistics and communications pertaining to the center’s projects and activities.
James L. Furrow, PhD Thrive Faculty
Dr. Furrow is the Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy and is the Chair of the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy. Furrow holds a PhD from Kansas State University, a MA from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a BA from the University of Tulsa. He joined the Fuller school of Psychology faculty in 1995.
Pamela Ebstyne King, PhD Thrive Faculty
Dr. King joined the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology as assistant professor of marital and family Studies in 2008 after serving as an adjunct and research professor beginning in 2000. She holds a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a BA from Stanford. King was instrumental in the establishment of the Fuller Youth Institute (previously known as the Center for Youth and Family Ministry).
Sarah A. Schnitker, PhD Thrive Faculty
Dr. Schnitker joined the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology as assistant professor of clinical psychology in 2010. She holds a PhD and an MA from the University of California, Davis, and a BA from Grove City College. In her recently completed dissertation, “An Examination of Patience and Well-Being,” Schnitker explored how one develops the virtue of patience as well as how cultivating patience can help us thrive and flourish in all of life.
Cynthia Eriksson, PhD Thrive Faculty
Dr. Eriksson is an associate professor of psychology after joining the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 2000. She holds a PhD and an MA from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a BA from Wheaton College. Eriksson has done trauma training around the world and her research focusing on needs of caregivers and the interaction of trauma and spirituality. Dr. Eriksson is currently working on a longitudinal research project on stress in humanitarian aid workers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Benjamin J. Houltberg, PhD Thrive Faculty
Dr. Houltberg is an assistant professor of human development with the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. He holds a PhD in Human Development and Family Science from Oklahoma State University, and an MA in marriage and Family Therapy from Oral Roberts University, and a BA from Oral Roberts University. Before coming to Fuller, Houltberg was on the faculty at Purdue University. Dr. Houltberg's research centers on youth social and emotional development in the context of family. Houltberg particularly is interested in how youth in adverse circumstances can thrive, and the emotional health of elite athletes in high-pressure contexts.
Oliver Crisp, PhD Thrive Faculty
Dr. Crisp is a professor of systematic theology who joined Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011. He holds a PhD from King's College at the University of London, an MTh from the University of Aberdeen, and a BD from the University of Aberdeen. Crisp's current research projects include writing a book on the atonement and another on the eschatological themes of universalism and particularism. Dr. Crisp is currently a member of the advisory board for the Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame.
Julia Stewart, MA Project Coordinator
Julia Stewart is the Project Coordinator for the Thrive Center. She holds an MA in Planning from USC, and a BA in Sociology from UCLA. Stewart's primary project is the management of the day-to-day logistics for the John Templeton Foundation funded grant, “The Science of Intellectual Humility.”
Sallie Carey, MEd, MDiv Community Outreach Program Administrator
Sallie Carey is the Community Outreach Program Administrator for the Thrive Center. She holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies from the University of Hawaii, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Carey serves as a liaison to connect the Thrive Center to the community through the development of research-based educational programs and resources.
Madeleine Kang, BA Communications Officer
Madeleine Kang is the Communications Officer for the Thrive Center. She holds a BA in American Studies from Cornell University, with a focus in 20th century intellectual and cultural history. Kang serves as the in-house writer and editor in addition to developing and implementing the Thrive Center's overall communication strategy.
Gregory Foley, MA Project Assistant
Gregory Foley is the Project Assistant for the Thrive Center. He holds an MA in Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BS in Psychology from Colorado State University. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Clinical Psychology and MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Foley conducts research on the, “Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge” research project, supports the research efforts of the Thrive Center, and maintains the Thrive Center website.