Dr. John R. Snarey is the Franklin Nutting Parker Professor of Human Development and Ethics at Candler School of Theology. Named for Candler’s second dean, the Parker Chair honors outstanding research, teaching, and service, which Snarey exemplifies as a widely published psychologist and educator who has served on the Candler faculty since 1987.
Snarey is also a professor in the Graduate Division of Religion in the Laney Graduate School, an associated professor in the Department of Psychology and the Division of Educational Studies at Emory, and is affiliated with Emory’s Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture. He is also a past president of the University Senate and the Emory University Faculty Council.
A developmental-educational psychologist, he is interested in the psychology of morality and moral education, the psychology of religion and religious education, and the thought of William James. Snarey’s current research makes use of developmental, cross-cultural, neuroimaging and historical methods.
He is noted for his award-winning doctoral research and critical review in Psychological Bulletin on cross-cultural morality, his award-winning book How Fathers Care for the Next Generation: A Four-Decade Study (Harvard University Press, 1993), and his ongoing research on William James.
Snarey is a member of the executive board of the Association for Moral Education, serves on the editorial board of the journal William James Studies, and is a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).