The Fourtitude Project

The Fourtitude Project is a landmark research project designed to explore the individual, interpersonal, and institutional factors that contribute to the development of healthy and fulfilling lives for students in college and beyond.

3500 Students at 4
Davidson Duke Furman JCSU
College Campuses
over 4 Years
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The Project

The Fourtitude Project is a collaborative effort between researchers in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and researchers and student affairs staff at Furman University, Davidson College, Duke University, and Johnson C. Smith University. Results from this cutting-edge research will be used to inform the development of campus programming designed to help students build healthy and fulfilling lives in college and beyond.

Students and parents of the incoming Class of 2018 have the unique opportunity to share their

experiences and perspective, which will inform the development of campus programming and contribute to our scientific understanding of emerging adulthood.

Furman is a community that works together to study, learn, and thrive, and we are counting on YOU to help us make your time at Furman the best it can be!

The Fourtitude Project is funded by The Duke Endowment, a private foundation dedicated to strengthening communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds, and enriching spirits.

The Team

Kerstin Blomquist Principal Investigator

Kerstin K. Blomquist is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Furman University. She received her B.A. in psychology and French from Wellesley College (2000) and earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University (2008). She completed her clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego/Veterans Affairs and a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Blomquist's research examines risk and maintenance factors for obesity, eating disorders, and poor body image as well as mechanisms for preventing and treating these problems.

Connie Carson Vice President for Student Life

Connie L. Carson is the Vice President for Student Life at Furman University. She received B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences and Science Education as well as a master’s in Counseling from NC State University and an MBA from Wake Forest University. She has worked directly at the senior leadership position at Furman since 2008 after transitioning from a long term administrative tenure at Wake Forest. Along with her counterparts at the three other Duke Endowment universities, she has served as one of the originators of the research project studying student stress and resiliency in college.

Beth Pontari Principal Investigator

Beth Pontari is a social psychologist whose research interests address the reality that how people present themselves to others during social interaction has critical repercussions for their personal and professional life. Dr. Pontari graduated with a B.A. in psychology in 1995 from Colgate University and completed her M. S. and Ph. D. at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Cinnamon A. Stetler Principal Investigator

Cinnamon A. Stetler is an Associate Professor in the psychology department at Furman University. She received her B.A. in psychobiology from Wellesley College in 1998 and her M.A. in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003. In 2007 she earned a PhD in health psychology from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Stetler’s research examines the ways in which psychosocial factors influence physical health outcomes via neuroendocrine pathways.