Pamela Ebstyne King

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

Contact Information
626-584-5526
Education
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 Associate 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

Publications

  • King, P. E. & Boyatzis C. (in press). Religious and spiritual development in childhood and adolescence. In M. E. Lamb & C. G. Coll (Eds.), Handbook of Child Psychology: Social and Emotional Issues (Vol. 3). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  • King, P. E. & Clardy, C. E. (2014). Prevention and the promotion of thriving in children and adolescents. In K. S. Flanagan & S. E. Hall (Eds.) Christianity and Developmental Psychopathology: Theory and Application for Working with Youth. Naperville, IL; InterVarsity Press, pp. 179-202.
  • King, P. E., Clardy, C. E., & Ramos, J. R. (2014). Adolescent spiritual exemplars: Exploring adolescent spirituality among diverse youth. Journal of Adolescent Research, 29(2), pp. 186-212.
  • Whitney, W. & King, P. E. (2014). Emerging adults and religious participation. In Barry, C N. & Abo-Zena, M. M. (Eds.) Emerging Adults’ Religiousness and Spirituality: Meaning-Making in an Age of Transition. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bronk, K. C., King, P. E, & Matsuba, M. K. (2013). Introduction to exemplarity research. In Matsuba, M. K., KING, P. E., Bronk, K. C. (Eds.), New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development: Exemplar Methods and Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Strategies for Investigation (Special issue).
  • King, P. E., Mueller, R. O. & Furrow, J. F. (2013). 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.
  • King, P. E., Ramos, J. S. & Clardy, C. E. (2013). Searching for the sacred: Religious and spiritual development among adolescents. In K. I. Pargament, J. Exline, & J. Jones (Eds.), APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion and Spirituality, Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association, pp. 513-528.
  • Matsuba, M. K., King, P. E., Bronk, K. C. (Eds.) (2013), New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development: Exemplar Methods and Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Strategies for Investigation (Special issue).
  • Quagliana, H.L., King, P. E., Wagener, L. M., & Quagliana, D. P. (2013). Spiritually oriented interventions in developmental context. In D. F. Walker and W. L. Hathaway (Eds.) Spiritually oriented interventions in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 89-110.
  • King, P. E. (2012). Peter L. Benson: Human Exemplar and Uncommon Scientist. Applied Developmental Science, 16(1). pp. 42-44.
  • King, P. E. (2011). Afterword: Where do we go from here? In A. Warren, R. M. Lerner, and E. Phelps (Eds.). Thriving and Spirituality among Youth: Research Perspectives and Future Possibilities. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  • King, P.E., Carr, A. & Boitor, C. (2011). Spirituality, religiosity, and youth thriving. In R. M. Lerner, J. V. Lerner, and J. B. Benson (Eds.). Advances in Child Development and Behavior, Vol. 1: Positive Youth Development: Research and Applications for Promoting Thriving in Adolescence. Amsterdam: Elsevier Press.
  • Clardy, C. E. & King, P. E. (2010). Adolescent religious involvement. In B. Brown & M. Prinstein (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Amsterdam: Elsevier Press.
  • King, P. E., Ramos, J. S. & Clardy, C. E. (2010). Religion & spirituality in diverse adolescents. In D. P. Swanson, M. C. Edwards, M. B. Spencer (Eds.), Adolescence: Development During a Global Era. Amsterdam: Elsevier Press, pp. 415-446.
  • Bundick, M. J., Yeager, D. S., King, P. E. & Damon, W. (2010). Thriving across the life span. In W. F. Overton (Eds.) Handbook of Life Span Development, 3rd Edition, Volume 1: Methods, Biology, Neuroscience, & Cognitive Development. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 882-923.
  • King, P. E. & Roeser, R. (2009). Religion & spirituality in adolescent development. In R. M. Lerner & L. Steinberg (Eds.) Handbook of Adolescent Psychology, 3rd Edition, Volume 1: Development, Relationships and Research Methods. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 435-478.
  • King, P. E. (2008). Spirituality as fertile ground for positive youth development. In R. M. Lerner, R. Roeser, and E. Phelps (Eds.). Positive Youth Development and Spirituality: From Theory to Research. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Foundation Press.
  • King, P. E., & Furrow, J. L. (2008). Religion as a resource for postive youth development: religion, social capital, and moral outcomes. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality(1), 34-49.
  • King, P. E. (2007). Asset building in youth: Do you treat them as half empty or as half full? In Kara Powell (Ed.) Theology, News, and Notes, Fall.
  • King, P. E. (2007). Religion and positive youth development. In R. K. Silbereisen and R. M. Lerner (Eds.) Positive Development: Linking Individuals, Communities and Social Policies. London: Sage Publications, pp. 227-242.
  • King, P. E. (2006). The faith factor: Kids and God. In Winston Gooden (Ed.) Theology News and Notes, Winter.
  • King, P. E., & Benson, P. L. (2006). Spiritual development and adolescent well-being and thriving and well-being. In G. C. Roehlkepartain & P. E. King & L. M. Wagener & P. L. Benson (Eds.), The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 384-398.
  • King, P. E., Schultz, W., Mueller, R. A., Dowling, E. M., Osborn, P., Dickerson, E., & Lerner, R. M. (2006). Positive youth development (PYD): Is there a nomological network of concepts used in the developmental literature? Applied Developmental Science, 9(4), pp. 216-228.
  • Powell, K., King, P. E., & Schwartz, K., (2006). Holistic ministry in the inner city. Journal of Student Ministries, 1(4).
  • Roehlkepartain, E. C., Benson, P. L., King, P. E., & Wagener, L. M. (2006). Spiritual development in childhood and adolescence: Mapping the terrain. In E. C. Roehlkepartain & P. E. King & L. M. Wagener & P. L. Benson (Eds.), The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 1-15.
  • Roehlkepartain, G., King, P.E., Wagener, L. M., and Benson, P. L. (2006). The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Balswick, J. O., King, P. E., & Reimer, K. S. (2005). The reciprocating self: A theological perspective of development. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Academic Press.
  • Benson, P. L. & King, P. E. (2005). Religion and adolescent development. In H. R. Ebaugh (Ed.), The Handbook of Religion and Social Institutions. New York: Springer.
  • King, P. E. (2005). Congregations. In E. M. Dowling and W. G. Scarlett (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • King, P. E. (2005). Faith-based organizations. In C. B. Fisher and R. M. Lerner (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • King, P. E. (2005). The hopeful lens of positive youth development. In Doug McConnell (Ed.) Theology, News, and Notes, Fall.
  • King, P. E. (2005). Presbyterian. In E. M. Dowling and W. G. Scarlett (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • King, P. E. (2005). Religion and adolescent outcomes. In E. M. Dowling and W. G. Scarlett (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • King, P. E. (2005). Spirituality. In C. B. Fisher and R. M. Lerner (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • King, P. E. (2005). Spirituality and youth. In L. R. Sherrod, C. A. Flanagan, and R. Kassimir (Eds.) Youth Activism: An international encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • King, P.E., Cantrell, M., Clark, J. & Abraham, M. (2005). Key informants of spiritual development: Emerging issues in the field of spiritual development. White Paper for Search Institute.
  • King , P. E. & Dowling, E. M. (2005). Applied developmental science and religion. In C. B. Fisher and R. M. Lerner (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • King , P. E. & Dowling, E. M. (2005). Religious development. In C. B. Fisher and R. M. Lerner (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • King, P. E., Dowling, E. M., Mueller, R. A., White, K., Schultz, W., Osborn, P., Dickerson, E., Bobek, D. L., Lerner, R. M., Benson, P. L., & Scales, P. C. (2005). Thriving in adolescence: The voices of youth-serving practitioners, parents, and early and late adolescents. Journal of Early Adolescence, 25(1), 94-112.
  • King, P. E. & Mueller, R. A. (2005). Parent influences on religion. In E. M. Dowling and W. G. Scarlett (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Powell, K., King, P. E., & Clark, C. (2005). The needs of youth ministry at the turn of the century: Hearing the voice of the people. The Journal of Youth Ministry, 4, 1, pp. 85-98.
  • King, P. E. (2004). The religious social context of Korean and American youth. In H. Alexander (Ed.), Spirituality and Ethics in Education: Philosophical, Theological, and Cultural Perspectives. East Sussex, England: Sussex Academic Press.
  • King, P. E., & Furrow, J. L. (2004). Religion as a resource for positive youth development: Religion, social capital, and moral outcomes. Developmental Psychology, 40(5), pp. 703-713.
  • King, P. E., & Boyatzis, C. J. (2004). Editors’ introduction: Exploring adolescent spiritual and religious development: Current and future theoretical and empirical perspectives. Applied Developmental Science, 8, 2-6.
  • 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.
  • King, P.E. (2003). Faith-based initiatives. In J. R. Miller, R. M. Lerner, L. B. Schiamberg, & P. M. Anderson (Eds.), Human Ecology: An Encyclopedia of Children, Families, Communities, and Environments. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.
  • King, P. E. (2003). Religion and identity: The role of ideological, social, and spiritual contexts. Applied Developmental Sciences, 7(3), 197-204.
  • King, P.E. (2003). Social capital. In J. R. Miller, R. M. Lerner, L. B. Schiamberg, & P. M. Anderson (Eds.), Human Ecology: An Encyclopedia of Children, Families, Communities, and Environments. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.
  • King, P. E., & Mueller, R. A. (2003). Parents’ influence on adolescent religiousness: Spiritual modeling and spiritual capital. Marriage and family: A Christian Journal, 6(3), 401-413.
  • Wagener, L. M., Furrow, J. L., King, P. E., Benson, P. L., and Leffert, N. (2003). Religious involvement and developmental resources in youth. Review of Religious Research, 44(3), pp. 271-284.
  • King, P. E., J. L. Furrow, and N. H. Roth. (2002). The influence of family and peers on adolescent religiousness. The Journal for Psychology and Christianity 21(2), pp. 109-120.
  • King, P. E. (2000). Adolescent religiousness and moral outcomes: A proposed model of social capital resources and moral behavior. Doctoral dissertation, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary.
  • Rossi, R.J., Royal, M.A., & King, P. E. (1996). Development of Community-Building Tools for Congregations. Palo Alto, CA: American Institutes for Research.

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