James L. Furrow

Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy, Department of Marriage and Family

BA, University of Tulsa
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Kansas State University

Courses Taught

FL501: Family Life Education (co-taught with Cameron Lee)

FL503: Marriage Enrichment

FR804: Qualitative Research Methods

FI805: Narrative and Family Life (co-taught with Cameron Lee)

FS814: Marriage and Marital Enrichment

FT502: Legal and Ethical Issues in Family Practice

FT515/PF815 Marital Therapy (co-taught with David Atkins, Terry Hargrave)

FT522: Introduction to Assessment

FT523: Assessment Lab 1: Couple Therapy

FT524: Assessment Lab 2: Family Therapy

FT527: Divorced and Reconstituted Families

FT534: Brief Therapy

FT826: Advanced Marital Therapy

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Interpersonal relationships, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, positive youth development

“Discovering who we are and what we have to contribute happens not by our own intention but by the relationships we share. It’s striking that many of the healing narratives in the New Testament have those who are sick or seeking healing coming to Jesus. For those who aren’t able to make the journey, there are others who carry them or go on their behalf.”


Dr. Furrow, reflecting on insights from decades of teaching in the Last Lecture series.


James Furrow joined Fuller’s faculty in 1995 and serves as Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy. In addition, he served for several years as the chair and program director of the School of Psychology’s Department of Marriage and Family.

With a background in marriage and family therapy, Furrow’s research interests focus on couples therapy, interpersonal relationships, and positive youth development. He is a clinical member and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Family Life Educator. He is also a certified practitioner, supervisor, and trainer of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT).

Furrow has published articles in a number of journals, including Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, and the Journal of Men’s Studies. Furrow is coauthor of Preparing Couples for Love and Marriage: A Pastor’s Resource and Becoming an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist: The Workbook, which is regarded as a primary training resource in the use of this empirically supported approach to couple therapy, and is co-developer of theEFTzone, a training program in the EFT approach.

Recent research projects include a Thrive Foundation for Youth grant on the use of Thriving Principles with At-Risk Youth, a Tyndale Foundation grant with the Family Spiritual Formation Initiative, and the study Evolutionary Psychology and Christian Views on Human Thriving.

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