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Travis Research Institute

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Where important new ideas are explored.

Research in the School of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Seminary takes place within the context of the Travis Research Institute (TRI). Under the leadership of Director Warren Brown, TRI has established and maintains an infrastructure that encourages large-scale collaborative research and facilitates obtaining funding for a variety of projects.

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Furthering Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research

The mission of the Travis Research Institute is to solidly support, encourage, and fund excellent and often groundbreaking research in the School of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy, to enhance the understanding of human nature toward the relief of disorder and distress. 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.

TRI Research Labs

At the intersection of science, psychology, and theology is the work of research: testing and exploring new hypotheses to expand human knowledge. Most doctoral faculty in the School of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy have  “laboratories,” consisting of a team of faculty, collaborators, research assistants, and students conducting research focused on a particular topic.

Human Brain & Cognition

Warren S. Brown, PhD

Dr. Brown's lab researches the cognitive and psychosocial impact of variations in connectivity and communication between cerebral hemispheres.

Culture, Children, and Families

Joey Fung, PhD

Dr. Fung's lab studies culture and family processes, adolescent depression and mindfulness, and spirituality.

Headington Research Lab

Cynthia Eriksson, PhD

Dr. Eriksson's lab conducts research and consultation to support trauma-informed ministry.

Imperfect Culture

Kenneth Wang, PhD

Dr. Wang's lab explores the ways culture and perfectionism intersect with well-being, religiousness, and assessment.

Cultural Psychology and Narrative Inquiry

Jenny Pak, PhD

Dr. Pak's lab explores the question: How do cultural and religious values impact emotional processes in psychotherapy, trauma, and aging?

Spirituality and Health

Alexis Abernethy, PhD

Tina Armstrong, PhD

Dr. Abernethy's & Dr. Armstrong's lab examines the influence of spirituality on preventive health behaviors, disease, and psychological functioning.

Adversity, Trauma, and Resilience 

Lisseth Rojas-Flores, PhD

Dr. Rojas-Flores's lab examines cultural issues as they impact psychology and faith.

Human Sexuality

Steve Simpson, PhD

Dr. Simpson's lab focuses on psychological issues of human sexuality.

Resilience and Cogmed

Anne Nolty, PhD, ABPP-CN

with Stacy Amano, PhD

This lab works to understand the neuropsychological and personality profiles of adolescents who have been involved in prostitution.

Thrive: Youth and Spiritual Development

Pamela Ebstyne King, PhD

Dr. King's lab researches adolescent thriving and spirituality.

Integration/ Embodiment

Brad Strawn, PhD

Dr. Strawn's lab focuses its work on the relationship between psychology and Christian faith including the role of the human body.

Psychological Learning

Sung Kim, PhD

Dr. Kim's lab studies assessment, text data, brain scans, machine learning, and deep learning.

Other Research

Cultural Psychology of Religion

Alvin Dueck, PhD

Dr. Dueck's lab focuses on indigenous psychologies in terms of personality, pathology, and therapy.

Religious Coping and Support

Jeffrey Bjorck, PhD

Dr. Bjorck's lab studies religious faith as a support and coping resource among diverse groups.

Christian Counseling and Integration

Siang Yang Tan, PhD

Dr. Tan's students do research work in a variety of areas.

Families Raising Children with Autism

Brie Turns, PhD

Dr. Turn's research focuses on how to enhance the parent-child relationship, navigating the sibling relationship, and how churches can assist families. 

Restorative Therapy

Terry Hargrave, PhD

Dr. Hargrave's research focuses on the evaluation and effectiveness of Restoration Therapy.

Clinical Process and Outcome

Alison Wong, PhD

Dr. Wong's research focuses on the therapy process and client outcomes, as well as health issues like narcolepsy.

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Contact Us

Jim Cummings, MDiv, MA
Research Administrator

Office Hours

8 am–5 pm


Room 326
180 N. Oakland Ave

Pasadena, CA 91182