James Furrow joined Fuller’s faculty in 1995 and serves as Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy. He also served as the chair and program director of the School of Psychology’s Department of Marriage and Family until 2014.
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.
- 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