Sarah A. Schnitker joined the Fuller faculty in 2010. She is an assistant professor of clinical psychology and faculty member of the Thrive Center for Human Development. Schnitker earned her PhD and MA in Personality and Social Psychology from the University of California, Davis, and her BA in Psychology from Grove City College.
Schnitker’s research broadly examines virtue and character development in adolescents and young adults, with a focus on the role of spirituality and religion in virtue formation. She specializes in the study of patience, self-control, gratitude, and thrift. Schnitker recently received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to examine the efficacy of virtue interventions in adolescent athletes. She is also engaged in several initiatives to assess the ability of media and technology to promote positive moral development and the formation of virtue.
Schnitker is on the editorial board for The Journal of Positive Psychology, and she is affiliated with the Association for Research in Personality, Division 36 (the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) of the American Psychological Association; the International Positive Psychology Association; the Society for Personality and Social Psychology; and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
- FS504: Marriage and Interpersonal Relationships
- FS510: Human Development in Context
- FS810: Lifespan Development
- PG830: Social Psychology
- PG840: Personality
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Development of character strengths and well-being, the virtue of patience, positive youth development, personal goals and strivings, spiritual transformation, personality, positive psychology, and psychology of religion