Sarah A. Schnitker joined the Fuller faculty in 2010 as assistant professor of clinical psychology. Schnitker comes to Fuller with a focus on earned both personality and social psychology, the field in which she earned her PhD and MA in from the University of California, Davis. 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.
Her current research continues this line, as she is examining possible interventions to increase the virtue of patience, and subsequently, well-being. Further, Schnitker is currently analyzing data on attachment, spiritual transformation, and character strengths of adolescents attending Young Life religious summer camps. She is affiliated with the Association for Research in Personality, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, the International Positive Psychology Association, and the APA Division 36- Psychology of Religion.
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching:
Development of character strengths and well-being, the virtue of patience, positive youth development, personal goals and strivings, spiritual transformations and personality, positive psychology, and psychology of religion