RESEARCH LABS

The diverse interests of our faculty and students can be seen in the research we conduct through the Thrive Center Labs. Each lab is made up of at least one faculty researcher and a number of doctoral students, with a focus on particular aspects of the human experience to help shed light on what it takes to truly thrive.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Justin L. Barrett

Students: 

  • Brianna Bentley
  • Gregory Foley
  • Lisa Gonzales
  • Tyler Greenway

Lab Description:

Current Projects: 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Justin L. Barrett

Students: Matthew Jarvinen, Thomas Paulus

Lab Description:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Justin Barrett

Students: 

  • Candace Coppinger
  • Christina Kabiri

Lab Description: According to R. Dunbar’s work an individual can maintain approximately 150 relationships. The primary focus of this project is ministers who seek to build more and more relationships.  What are the consequences of relational ministry on ministers’ social networks, life satisfaction, and ministry outcomes? Are these consequences mediated by attachment style or previous trauma?’

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pamela Ebstyne King

Students: 

  • Abbey Craigg
  • Aaron Rosales
  • Brooke Fullmer Yetter
  • Casey Taylor
  • Christine Merola
  • Darrell Walters
  • Erika Sy
  • Jonathan Weber
  • Lisa Criswell
  • Rashida Mosley

Lab Description:The Lab for Research on Adolescent Thriving and Spirituality (Lab RATS) aims to further an understanding of adolescent thriving and religious and spiritual development. Specifically, the focus of Lab RATS research explores what it means for youth to thrive across various contexts, what promotes thriving in young people, and what issues are related to the nature and function of religion in spirituality in the lives of diverse youth.

Current Projects: 

  • Exemplar of Spiritual Thriving in Adolescence: An Exploratory Study
  • Tijuana Youth Project: Measuring Spiritual Development among Diverse Youth
  • Religion as Resource for Positive Youth Development

 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah Schnitker

Students: 

  • Abigail Shepherd Beyenberg
  • Nathaniel Fernandez
  • Tyler Greenway
  • Paul Reppas
  • Kelsy Richardson
  • Ryan Thomas

Lab Description: The Virtues, Spirituality, and Personality lab examines how spirituality, religious practices, and personality dynamics affect the development of virtues (e.g., generosity, gratitude, thrift, compassion) and well-being.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sarah A. SchnitkerDr. Benjamin J. Houltberg

Students:

  • Nanyamka Redmond
  • Nathaniel Fernandez
  • TJ Felke
  • Amber Blews
  • Christa Nelson
  • Luke Durain
  • Daniel Mendoza
  • Dennette Boyd-King
  • Yasha Paul

Lab Description: The Virtues in Adolescent Athletes lab examines how patience, self-control, and emotion regulation develop in adolescents in athletic and other extracurricular contexts. The focus on the group is to understand how framing of virtue building activities affects their efficacy. The lab group’s activities are primarily centered on the activities of the Virtue Interventions in Adolescent Athletes: Context and Framing Effects Grant. How to Join the Lab: See “Join a Research Lab” below.

If you are looking to join the “Virtue in Adolescent Athletes” lab, see the information posted below. To join any other Thrive Lab, please contact the lab’s faculty advisor.

Procedure for Joining the Virtue in Athletes Grant Group 

Applicants to Fuller’s School of Psychology Doctoral Programs

Thank you for your interest in our research. There will be approximately 2-4 slots for new students in the Virtues in Athletes Grant Lab Group starting fall of 2016. Both Drs. Schnitker and Houltberg will be taking students.

If you would like to work with Drs. Schnitker and/or Houltberg, please apply to the doctoral program of interest to you through Fuller Seminary’s regular application system.

In addition, you may contact Dr. Schnitker (sschnitker@fuller.edu) or Dr. Houltberg (bhoultberg@fuller.edu) to ask specific questions about lab involvement or introduce yourself.

Current Students in Fuller’s School of Psychology Doctoral Programs

The following procedure will be utilized for students desiring to become members of the Virtues in Athletes Grant Lab group who have not already been assigned to Drs. Houltberg or Schnitker as advisees.

  1. Students who are interested in joining the lab should send a CV and 1-2 paragraph summary of how their research interests correspond with the work of the lab to Kathryn Aughtry (kathrynaughtry@fuller.edu).  Once these materials are received, Dr. Houltberg and/or Dr. Schnitker will set up a time to meet with the student and talk about possible involvement.
  2. If Drs. Schnitker and/or Houltberg think that the student will be a good fit with the lab, the student will be offered an opportunity to join the lab as an active member on a quarterly basis.
  3. Visiting lab members will be asked to sign a written agreement describing their level of involvement with the lab and responsibilities for the quarter. All visiting lab members will be expected to attend weekly lab meetings in addition to performing agreed upon duties. Visiting lab members can also expect to receive mentorship for senior lab students as well as valuable research training.
  4. At the end of the quarter, the faculty members may invite the visiting lab member to renew their participation agreement.
  5. Should a slot become available in Dr. Schnitker’s or Dr. Houltberg’s advising load, the visiting lab member may be invited to join the lab as an official advisee.This transfer will be finalized when the student submits a signed “Advisor Change Request Form” to the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Department of Doctoral Psychology.

The following procedure will be utilized for students desiring to work with Drs. Houltberg or Schnitker on a project falling outside the purview of the Virtues in Athletes Grant Lab group:

  1. Students who are interested in working with Dr. Schnitker/Houltberg should send her/him a CV and 1-2 paragraph summary of how their research interests correspond with the work of the faculty member and an explanation of what type of mentorship they are seeking. Once these materials are received, Dr. Houltberg or Dr. Schnitker will set up a time to meet with the student and talk about possible collaboration/mentorship.
  2. If Dr. Schnitker/Houltberg thinks that the student will be a good fit, the student will be offered an opportunity to work with the faculty member as specified in an individualized written agreement.
  3. Should a slot become available in Dr. Houltberg’s/Schnitker’s advising load, the student may then be invited to become an official advisee. The transfer will be finalized when the student submits a signed “Advisor Change Request Form” to the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Department of Doctoral Psychology.