Benjamin J. Houltberg, PhD

Dr. Houltberg is associate professor of human development in the Department of Marriage and Family at Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology. He holds a PhD in Human Development and Family Science from Oklahoma State University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Houltberg’s expertise centers on relational factors that impact emotional health within high-stress environments. Much of Dr. Houltberg’s current work is on the role of identity development and character virtues in sport as they relate to emotional health and athletic performance. This research has led to national and international research presentations and service. He is a founding member and actively involved in Hope Sports, a nonprofit organization with the purpose of uniting athletes to bring hope to the world. He continues to work with coaches and athletes from around the world to promote spiritual and emotional health in dealing with pressures to perform.

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