Pamela Ebstyne King (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate professor of marital and family studies and the Peter L. Benson Chair of Applied Developmental Science in the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. King's primary academic interests are applied research at the intersection of human thriving and spiritual development. Her research includes studies on environments that promote thriving and the nature and function of spiritual development in diverse adolescents and emerging adults. She has conducted research funded by Biologos Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, and Tyndale House.
She is coeditor of The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence and coauthor of the 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, and Applied Developmental Science. 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, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, and Journal of Psychology and Theology. 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 receiving her MDiv and PhD at Fuller, King completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University and a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford's Center on Adolescence and was a visiting scholar under the divinity faculty at Cambridge University. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA).