James L. Furrow

Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy and Chair of the Department of Marriage and FamilySchool of Psychology

Contact Information
626-584-5563
Education
BA, University of Tulsa
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Kansas State University

James Furrow joined Fuller’s faculty in 1995 and serves as Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy. He also serves as the chair and program director of the School of Psychology’s Department of Marriage and Family.

With a background in marriage and family therapy, Furrow's research interests focus on couples therapy, interpersonal relationships, and positive youth development. He is a clinical member and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Family Life Educator. He is also a certified practitioner, supervisor, and trainer of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT).

Furrow has published articles in a number of journals, including Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, and the Journal of Men’s Studies. Furrow is co-author of Preparing Couples for Love and Marriage: A Pastor’s Resource and Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook, which is regarded as a primary training resource in the use of this empirically supported approach to couple therapy, and is co-developer of theEFTzone, a training program in the EFT approach. Recent research projects include a Thrive Foundation for Youth grant on the use of Thriving Principles with At-Risk Youth, a Tyndale Foundation grant with the Family Spiritual Formation Initiative, and the study Evolutionary Psychology and Christian Views on Human Thriving.

Courses Taught

  • FI805: Narrative and Family Life (co-taught with Cameron Lee).
  • FL501: Family Life Education (co-taught with Cameron Lee).
  • FL503: Marriage Enrichment
  • FR804: Qualitative Research Methods
  • FS814: Marriage and Marital Enrichment
  • FT502: Legal and Ethical Issues in Family Practice
  • FT515/PF815 Marital Therapy (co-taught with David Atkins, Terry Hargrave)
  • FT522: Introduction to Assessment
  • FT523: Assessment Lab 1: Couple Therapy
  • FT524: Assessment Lab 2: Family Therapy
  • FT527: Divorced and Reconstituted Families
  • FT534: Brief Therapy
  • FT826: Advanced Marital Therapy

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Interpersonal relationships, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, and positive youth development

Publications

Books:

  • Lee, C., & Furrow, J. (2013). Preparing Couples for Love and Marriage: A Pastor’s Resource. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.
  • Bradley, B., & Furrow, J. (2013). Emotionally Focused Therapy for Dummies. Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Furrow, J. L., Johnson, S. M., & Bradley, B. (2011). The EFT Casebook: New Directions in Treating Couples. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Johnson, S. M., Bradley, B., Furrow, J. L., Lee, A., Palmer, G., Tilley, D., & Woolley, S. (2005). Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook. New York: Brunner/Mazel.
  • Bradley, Brent, & Furrow, James , et al. (Developers). The EFT Zone (training program in the EFT approach). http://www.theeftzone.com.

Peer Reviewed Publications:

  • King, P. E., Mueller, R. O. & Furrow, J. F. (2014). Cultural and contextual considerations in exemplar research. In M. K. Matsuba, P. E. King, & K. C. Bronk, K. C. (Eds.), Exemplar methods and research: Quantitative and qualitative strategies for investigation. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 142.
  • Stavrianopoulos, K., Faller, G., & Furrow, J. L. (2014). Emotionally focused family therapy: Facilitating change within a family system. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy 13:25–43.
  • Furrow, J. L., Edwards, S., Choi, Y., Bradley, B. (2012). Therapist emotional experience in successful blamer softening events in emotionally focused therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 39-49.
  • King, P. E., & Furrow, J. L. (2008). Religion as a resource for positive youth development: Religion, social capital, and moral outcomes. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 1, 34-49.
  • Furrow, J. L., & Palmer, G. (2007). EFFT and blended families: Building bonds from the inside out. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 26, 44-58.
  • Bradley, B., & Furrow, J. L. (2007). Inside blamer softening: Maps and missteps. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 26, 25-43.
  • King, P. E., & Furrow, J. L. (2004). Religion as a resource for positive youth development: Religion, social capital, and moral outcomes. Developmental Psychology, 40, 703-713.
  • Bradley, B., & Furrow, J. L. (2004). Toward a mini-theory of the blamer softening event: Tracking the moment-by-moment process. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 30, 233-246.
  • Furrow, J. L., King, P. E., & White, K. (2004). Religion and positive youth development: Identity, meaning, and prosocial concerns. Applied Developmental Science, 8, 17-26.
  • Furrow, J. L., & Wagener, L. M. (2003). Transcendence and adolescent identity: A view of the issues. Applied Developmental Science, 7, 116-118.
  • Wagener, L. M., Furrow, J. L., & King, P. E., Leffert, N. & Benson, P. (2003). Religion and developmental resources. Review of Religious Research, 44, 271-284.
  • King, P. E., & Furrow, J. L., Roth, N. H. (2002). The influence of families and peers on adolescent religiousness. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 21, 109-120.
  • Bradley, B. A., & Furrow, J. L. (2001). Annotated bibliography of a sampling of the work of Susan M. Johnson. Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal, 4, 127-130.
  • Reimer, K., & Furrow, J. L. (2001). A qualitative exploration of relational consciousness in Christian children. International Journal of Child Spirituality, 6, 7-23.
  • Tenelshof, J. K., & Furrow, J. L. (2000). The role of secure attachment in predicting spiritual maturity at a conservative seminary. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 28, 99-108.
  • Furrow, J. L. (1998). The ideal father: Religious narratives and the role of fatherhood. Journal of Men’s Studies, 7, 17–32.
  • Furrow, J. L. (1998). Marital therapy outcome studies: Directions for practice. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 17, 272–275.
  • Gwanfogbe, P. N., Schumm, W. R., Smith, M., & Furrow, J. L. (1997). Polgyny and marital / life satisfaction: An exploratory study from Cameroon. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 28, 55-71.
  • White, M. B., Stahlman, R. F., Furrow, J. L. (1994). “Shorter may be better: A comparison of the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale and Marital Adjustment Test.” Family Perspective, 28, 53-66.

Book Chapters:

  • Furrow, J. L. (2015). Sacred ties: Helping couples find faith in love. In F. Kelcourse and K. B Lyon (Eds.) Transforming wisdom: Pastoral psychotherapy in theological perspective. Eugene, OR: Cascade.
  • Furrow, J. L., Johnson, S. M., & Bradley, B. (2011). Introduction. In J. Furrow, S. Johnson, and B. Bradley (Eds.) The EFT Casebook: New directions in treating couples. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Furrow, J. L. & Bradley, B. (2011). Emotionally focused couple therapy: Making the case for effective couple therapy. In J. Furrow, S. Johnson, and B. Bradley (Eds.) The EFT Casebook: New directions in treating couples. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Furrow, J. L., & Palmer, G. (2011). Emotionally focused therapy for remarried couples: Making new connections and facing competing attachments. In J. Furrow, S. Johnson, and B. Bradley (Eds.) The EFT Casebook: New directions in treating couples. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Furrow, J. L., & Johnson, S. M., Bradley, B. & Modeo, J. (2011). Spirituality and emotionally focused couple therapy: Exploring common ground. In J. Furrow, S. Johnson, and B. Bradley (Eds.) The EFT Casebook: New directions in treating couples. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Furrow, J. L., & Bradley, B. & Johnson, S. M. (2011). Lessons learned: Expanding the practice of emotionally focused couple therapy. In J. Furrow, S. Johnson, and B. Bradley (Eds.) The EFT Casebook: New directions in treating couples. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Steenwyck, S., Doeden, M., Furrow, J. L., Atkins, D. C. (2012). Relational disorders. In P. Sturmey and M. Hersen (Eds), Handbook of evidence-based practice in clinical psychology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Furrow, J. L., & Edwards, S. (2009). Brief problem focused therapy: The mental research institute approach. In Goff, J. & Bradley, B. (Eds.) Our Body of Common Knowledge: National Licensure Preparation Handbook. Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (TAMFT).
  • Foy, D.W., Furrow, J. L., & McManus, S. (In Press). Violence exposure and PTSD among juvenile delinquents. In V. Ardino (Ed.), Posttraumatic syndromes in childhood and adolescence: A handbook. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Foy, D.W., Furrow, J. L., & McManus, S. (2009). Violence exposure and PTSD among juvenile delinquents. In V. Ardino (Ed.), Il Disturbo Post-traumatico da Stress nello sviluppo. [“Developmental PTSD”] Milan, Italy: Unicopli.
  • Furrow, J. L., & Tilley, D. (2005). Interventions. In Johnson, S. M., Bradley, B., Furrow, J. L., Lee, A., Palmer, G., Tilley, D., & Wooley, S. (2005). Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook. New York: Brunner /Mazel.
  • Furrow, J. L., & Palmer, G. (2005). Cycle De-escalation: Steps 3 and 4. In Johnson, S. M., Bradley, B., Furrow, J. L., Lee, A., Palmer, G., Tilley, D., & Wooley, S. (2005). Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook. New York: Brunner /Mazel.
  • Furrow, J. L. (2005). Consolidation. In Johnson, S. M., Bradley, B., Furrow, J. L., Lee, A., Palmer, G., Tilley, D., & Wooley, S. (2005). Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook. New York: Brunner /Mazel.
  • Furrow, J. L., Bradley, B., & Johnson, S. M. (2004). Emotion focused family therapy with complex family systems. In V. Bengston, A. Acock, K. Allen, P. Dilworth-Anderson, & D. Klien (Eds.). Sourcebook of family theory and research. (pp. 220–222). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Furrow, J. L. (2001). Tools for the trade: Clinical intervention with fathers in family therapy. In J. Fagan and A. Hawkins (Eds.), Clinical and Educational Interventions with Fathers. (pp. 23–43). New York: Haworth Press.
  • Furrow, J. L., Wagener, L. (2000). Lessons learned: The role of religion in the development of wisdom in Adolescence. In W. Brown (Ed.), Understanding Wisdom: Sources, Science, and Society. (pp. 361-391). Philadelphia, PA: Templeton Foundation Press.

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