Scandrette Lecture Series

About the Scandrette Lectures

The Scandrette Lectures have been offered annually since 1981 in honor of the founding member of our department and first Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, Dr. Onas Scandrette.

Hosted by the School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy, the annual Scandrette Lecture Series features an outstanding contributor to the integration of Christian faith and psychology for the enrichment of our students, faculty, and campus community.

2023 Scandrette Lecture

The 2023 Scandrette Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 19, at 3:30 in Barrows Auditorium, Billy Graham Hall. This marks the 40th Scandrette Lecture!  Guests are welcome.  Reception will follow.  

"Living out Love: Spirituality, Virtues, and Thriving" given by Dr. Pamela King.  Dr. King is passionate about understanding what individual strengths and environments enable diverse humans to grow individually, relationally, and aspirationally. Her theologically-engaged psychology of thriving will focus on the integration of telos, spirituality, and virtue. 

Pamela Ebstyne King is the Peter L. Benson Professor of Applied Developmental Science in the School of Psychology and Executive Director of the Thrive Center at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her primary research interests lie at the intersection of thriving and spiritual development. To this end she has led in building an empirical field of study of religious and spiritual development within developmental psychology that provides a psychological science perspective of spiritual formation. Her research has been published in various journals such as Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Applied Developmental Science, Journal of Early Adolescence, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Psychology and Theology, and Journal of Research on Adolescence. King is coauthor of The Reciprocating Self: Human Development in Theological Perspective and Thriving with Stone-Aged Minds: Evolutionary Psychology, Christian Faith, and Human Flourishing, coeditor of The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence

Past Lecturers

See a list of all of the individuals who have given Scandrette Lectures, going back to 1981!

About Dr. Onas C. Scandrette

February 6, 1914 – January 12, 2005

Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Wheaton College


B.A. Seattle Pacific College, Seattle, WA (1939)

M.Ed. University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1953)

Ed.D. University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO (1958)


Dr. Onas Scandrette taught at every educational level from elementary school through graduate school. He worked as a therapist in a child guidance clinic, as a school psychologist, and as a college counselor. He published more than sixty articles in the areas of personality, educational psychology, the integration of psychology and religion, and photography. 

Dr. Scandrette came to Wheaton in 1957 and was instrumental in establishing the Psychology Department in 1962. He was the first chairman of the new department. During his tenure an impressive number of students pursued graduate study, in large part due to his efforts and encouragement. Dr. Scandrette retired in 1979. 

Photography was Dr. Scandrette’s principal avocation. More than 200 of his photographs were accepted in international exhibitions, and a number won special awards. In 1987 Dr. Scandrette was made a Fellow of the Photographic Society of America, the highest honor of the Society. He was a contributing editor of the PSA Journal, the official organ of the Society. Seattle Pacific University awarded him a “distinguished alumnus” medallion in June, 1989. 

Dr. Scandrette entered the presence of the Lord on January 12, 2005.

2024 Scandrette Lecture

The 2024 Scandrette Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 3:30 in Barrows Auditorium, Billy Graham Hall. This marks the 41st Scandrette Lecture!  Guests are welcome.  Reception will follow.  

"Understanding Work as a Calling: Spiritual and Psychological Perspectives" given by Dr. Bryan Dik, PhD.  

Bryan Dik headshotBryan Dik is a vocational psychologist and professor of psychology at Colorado State University. He was also co-founder and Chief Science Officer of jobZology and co-inventor of the award-winning PathwayU career guidance platform. Dr. Dik's scholarly work focuses on meaning and purpose in the workplace, calling and vocation in career development, and the intersection of faith and work. He has published four books, including Redeeming Work and Make Your Job a Calling. Bryan is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and American Scientific Affiliation, and is recipient of the John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career or Personality Research (APA Div. 17) and the Applied Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Award (APA Div. 36). He lives with his wife Amy and their four sons in Fort Collins, Colorado.