Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

The post-doc experience in the Thrive Center is unique to each researcher and their role on a given project. Our current post-docs use our Pasadena campus as a launching pad for research. Each post-doc arrives at the Pasadena campus to prepare their research, and then the world is their oyster. Some projects send our researchers to distant countries, some relocate to other states for their assignment, and still others enjoy the sunshine and palm trees from their office window.

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Ryan Hornbeck, DPhil

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
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Dr. Hornbeck joined the Thrive Center for Human Development as a post-doctoral researcher in 2011. He holds a DPhil (2012) and an MA (2007) in Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and a BA from Washington University (2003). Dr. Hornbeck is conducting research on a Templeton World Charity Foundation grant titled, “Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge.”
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Melanie Nyhof, PhD

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Dr. Nyhof joined the Thrive Center for Human Development as a post-doctoral researcher in 2011. She holds a PhD (2011) and MS (2004) in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BA from St. Olaf College (1998). Dr. Nyhof is conducting research on a Templeton World Charity Foundation grant titled, “Is Religion Natural? The ChineseChallenge.”
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Justin Gregory, DPhil

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
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Justin Gregory joined the Thrive Center as a post-doctoral researcher in 2012. Justin Gregory holds a DPhil in Anthropology and an MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology from Oxford University. He holds a BS in Philosophy and Anthropology from Oxford Brookes University. Gregory is conducting research on a Templeton World Charity grant titled, "Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge."
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Ian M. Church, PhD

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Dr. Church joined the Thrive Center for Human Development as a post-doctoral researcher in 2012. He holds a PhD (2012) and an Mlitt (2008) in Philosophy from The St. Andrews-Stirling Joint Program and a BA (2005) from Ball State University. Dr. Church is conducting research on a John Templeton Foundation grant titled, “TheScience of Intellectual Humility.”
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Peter Samuelson, PhD

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Dr. Samuelson joined the Thrive Center for Human Development as a post-doctoral researcher in 2012. He holds a PhD (2007) in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University. He also holds an M.Div from Northwestern Theological Seminary (1987), and a BA from St. Olaf College(1980). Dr. Samuelson is conducting research on a John Templeton Foundation grant titled, “The Science of Intellectual Humility.”