Travis Research Institute

Research Projects



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Research in the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary takes place within the context of Travis Research Institute (TRI). TRI is committed to fostering interdisciplinary research into the relationships between social systems, environmental situations, personality, mental and affective states, cognitive processes, neurobiological functions, and spiritual and religious states and practices.

An important role of TRI is the establishment and maintenance of a research infrastructure that encourages large-scale collaborative research and facilitates obtaining research funding for the various projects. You can see some of these details in researches here, here, here and here.

Erika Knuth and Niveen Soliman are being highlighted in our last installment of Meeting the Research Fellows 2010. Don't forget to check it out on Facebook. Enjoy!
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The 2010 TRI Report has just been completed! We are proud of the work done by the faculty and students in the Travis Research Institute this past year. The report is available in PDF format below.
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Dr. Sarah Schnitker received a grant from the Templeton-funded Young Life and Adolescent Spiritual Fruit Formation Project (PIs: Drs. Robert Emmons of UC Davis and Justin Barrett of Oxford University).  The project looks at the relation between spiritual transformation and the development of character strengths in youth.  The $16,000 grant will be used for data analysis and to cover other research costs.

TRI welcomes Drs. Sarah Schnitker and Joe Currier to the faculty here in the School of Psychology. Sarah, a recent graduate from the University of California, Davis with a doctorate in Personality and Social Psychology, will join the faculty team working on Positive Youth Development in the Center for Child and Adolescent Development, CRCAD.  Joe Currier, a graduate of the University of Memphis, brings to the faculty expertise in grief, trauma and loss. He has recently completed Postdoctoral training at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. We look forward to their presence and contributions to the work of Travis Research Institute. 

Dr. Al Dueck has received a grant award of $346,832 from the John Templeton Foundation for a two-year project to encourage the study and research of the psychology of religion in China, and to develop intellectual learning exchanges between Chinese and American psychologists.  The project goals are: to develop an intellectual exchange between Chinese and American psychologists, focusing on current research and scholarship in the psychology of religion field and to support Chinese psychologists as they advance their knowledge in the psychology of religion. Additionally, the new project will encourage young scholars and university students in China to develop an interest in the study of psychology of religion, and will build on existing partnerships between Chinese universities and Fuller’s School of Psychology.


Winter 2011

  • Dr. James Bray, Baylor College of Medicine
    Understanding and Preventing Adolescent Substance Use: Developmental, Family and Peer Influences
    January 24, 2010
  • Dr. Robert Emmons, University of California Davis
    Greatest of Virtues? Gods, Gifts, Gratitude, and Giving
    January 31st, 2011
    Dr. Erin Bigler,
    Brigham Young University
    Connectivity, Neuroimaging and Neuropsychology's Future
    February 28, 2011


  1. Esther Chin
    Neurocognitive Disorders and Interventions
  2. Ciprian Boitor
    Exemplars of Spiritual Thriving in Adolescence
  3. Drew Carr
    Exemplars of Spiritual Thriving in Adolescence
  4. Casey Clardy
    Exemplars of Spiritual Thriving in Adolescence
  5. Marisol deJesus Perez
    Parenting in Context
  6. Kyle Isaacson
    Emotion Focused Therapy
  7. Thomas Duke
    Headington Laboratory
  8. Eric Nelson
    Religion & Coping
  9. Christina Young
    Agenesis of the Corpus Callasom
  10. Jenna Wierenga
    LAPD Program Evaluation Laboratory
  11. Courtney Foltz
    Thriving Conversation Project
  12. Robert Turnbull
    Spirituality Language & Behavioral Transformation