Pamela Ebstyne King joined the Fuller faculty in 2008, after serving as an adjunct and research professor beginning in 2000. She was instrumental in the establishment of Fuller’s Youth Institute (previously known as the Center for Youth and Family Ministry).
King’s primary academic interests are positive youth development and spiritual development in young people. Currently, she is collaborating with other psychology and theology faculty to propose a theology and psychology of thriving, and well as continuing a longitudinal follow-up study on the dimensions of adolescent spiritual development.
She is co-author of The Reciprocating Self: Human Development in Theological Perspective and co-editor of The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. King has served on the editorial boards of Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Positive Psychology, and Applied Developmental Science and has also published articles in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Journal of Early Adolescence, Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science, and Encyclopedia of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. She is a member of Division 36 of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research on Adolescents.
In addition to her time at Fuller, King completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s Center on Adolescence and was a visiting scholar under the divinity faculty at Cambridge University. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she has led high school and college ministries and regularly speaks and consults for various community organizations and churches.
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Positive youth development, spiritual development, theological perspectives on development