Pamela Ebstyne King

Peter L. Benson Professor of Applied Developmental Science, Department of Marriage and FamilySchool of Psychology

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BA, Stanford University
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Pamela Ebstyne King joined Fuller as assistant professor of marital and family studies in 2008, after serving for eight years as an adjunct and research professor, and in Fall 2014 was named Peter L. Benson Professor of Applied Developmental Science. She works with the Thrive Center on Human Development and the Fuller Youth institute.

King’s primary academic interests are applied research at the intersection of human thriving and spiritual development. She has conducted research funded by Biologos Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, and Tyndale House. Current research includes a scientific study of the nature and function of spiritual development in diverse adolescents and exploring the roles of transcendence, fidelity, and contribution in spiritual development. She is primary investigator of a project on Evolution Psychology and Christian Thought. She has extensively studied and written on conceptualizations of thriving and positive youth development. Her work combines theology, empirical research, and community engagement to further understand what contexts and settings enable youth to thrive.

She is coauthor of The Reciprocating Self: Human Development in Theological Perspective, coeditor of The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence, and coauthor of the forthcoming and inaugural chapter on research on religious and spiritual development in the seventh edition of the Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science. She has served on the editorial boards of Developmental Psychology, Journal of Positive Psychology, Applied Developmental Science, the Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science, and the Encyclopedia of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. She has also published articles in the Journal on Adolescent Research, Journal of Early Adolescence, New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, and Journal of Psychology and Christianity. King is a member of the Society for Research on Adolescents, Society for Research on Child Development, and Division 36 of the American Psychological Association.

In addition to her studies 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.

Courses Taught

  • FS505 Child and Family Development
  • FS810 Lifespan Development
  • PI510/810 A Science and Theology of Spiritual Development
  • PI800 Introduction to Integration
  • PI500a Integration Formation Groups

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Positive youth development, spiritual development, theological perspectives on development

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