The Thrive Center’s “Team Telos” is made up of three lead faculty researchers, three consulting researchers, one graduate student researcher, and staff.
Pamela Ebstyne King, PhD Primary Investigatior
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).
Justin Barrett, PhD Primary Investigator
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.
James L. Furrow, PhD Primary Investigator
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.
Sarah A. Schnitker, PhD Social Science Consultant
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.
Oliver Crisp, PhD Theology Consultant
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.
William Whitney, PhD Theological and Psychological Integration Consultant
William Whitney currently serves as assistant professor of psychology at Azusa Pacific University and adjunct professor of theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He holds a PhD and an MS from Fuller Seminary, and an MSt from the University of Oxford. His current research investigates how religious participation plays a part in the development of emerging adults, and the way that a theology of culture informs integrative work in psychology.
Tyler Greenway, MDiv Graduate Student Researcher
Tyler Greenway is a second year student in the PhD in Psychology program at Fuller Theological Seminary. Tyler is also a Research Assistant at the Thrive Center working on two grants ("Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge" and "Evolutionary Psychology and Christian Views on Human Thriving"). He holds a MDiv from Calvin Theological Seminary and a BA in Psychology from Calvin College.