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Brad Faircloth, Ph.D.

(828) 357-5611


Director of Research, Co-founder

Dr. Brad Faircloth oversees the development and planning of research initiatives of 2     Nature TREC. He is also involved in fundraising, marketing, community outreach and program evaluation and research. 



I have been a college professor, parent educator and researcher for over 20 years. My passion is supporting others to achieve their personal learning goals. I believe in strengths-based approaches to working with people, and I strive every day to serve others in the best way I can.


      Ph.D.  -  Developmental Psychology – University of Notre Dame, Fall 1999 to Fall 2004, Notre Dame, IN.

      M.A.  -  Developmental Psychology – University of Notre Dame, 1999-2003, Notre Dame, IN

      B.A.  -  Psychology – University of Notre Dame, 1995 to 1999, Notre Dame, IN    



Marital Conflict

Parent Education

Family Communication

Child Functioning

Physiological effects of prayer

Physiological effects of outdoor experiences

Program development and evaluation

Promotional approaches to supporting families




Association for Experiential Education (AEE)       

Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)



Research Symposium Coordinator

    Symposium on Experiential Education Research (SEER) 2017-



Recipient of the Kaneb Center Teaching Award: Psych Methods - University of Notre Dame Fall 2002

Dissertation award Nominee- declined due to grant funding - University of Notre Dame Fall 2003

Alumni Association Teaching Award Nominee - University of Notre Dame Spring 2004

Notre Dame Post Doctoral Fellow    - University of Notre Dame Spring 2004-Fall 2007

David L. Parks Distinguished Professor Award - Montreat College 2017



Bobilya, A. J., Lindley, B. R., Faircloth, W. B., & Holman, T. (2017). A Qualitative Analysis of Participant Learning and Growth Using a New Outward Bound Outcomes Instrument. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 9(2), 254–257.


Bobilya, A. J., & Faircloth, W. B. (2017). Exploring course outcomes utilizing a new Outward Bound outcomes instrument. Research in Outdoor Education, 15(1), 114-136.

Faircloth, B., & Bobilya, A. J., Ewert, A. W. (2016). The North Carolina Outward Bound School Course Impression Survey: A Psychometric Investigation. Research in Outdoor Education, 14(1), 1-20.

Wells, M. A., & Faircloth, W. B. (2015). The Psychology of the Eternal in Kierkegaard’s     Sickness Unto Death. Christian Scholar’s Review (in preparation).



Cummings, E. M., Faircloth, W. B., Mitchell, P. M., Cummings, J. S., & Schermerhorn, A. C (2008). Evaluating a brief prevention program for improving marital conflict in community families. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 193-202.


Cummings, E.M., Faircloth, W.B., Mitchell, P.M., McCoy, K., & Schermerhorn, A.C. (2008). Translating basic research about marital conflict and children into a psycho-educational program for parents. Invited for publication in H.R. Schaffer & K. Durkin (Eds.), Blackwell handbook of developmental psychology in action: Opportunities and obstacles in giving developmental psychology away. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

Daniel, B., Bobilya, A. J., & Faircloth, B. (2022). The Life Significance of an Outward Bound Expedition: A Retrospective Study Up to 50 Years Later. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 14(4).

Daniel, B., Shores, J., & Faircloth, W. B. (2021). The Effects of Natural Landscapes on Inspiration: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership, 13(4), 30-45.


Daniel, B., Shores, J., & Faircloth, B. (2019). The Impact of Natural Landscapes on Inspiration: A Topophilic Study. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 11(3). 


Faircloth, W.B. (2001). The Parents Knowledge of Marital Conflict Questionnaire. Unpublished



Faircloth, W. B., (2004).  Testing the Effectiveness of a Marital Conflict Focused Parent

Education Program with 6-month and 1-year Follow-ups. Unpublished dissertation.


Faircloth, W. B. (2012). Children and Marital Conflict: A Review. CaseMaker 6(1), 1-5.

Faircloth, W. B., Daniel, B. & Bobilya, A. J. (2021, November). Impact of Community-Based Outdoor and Adventure Programming on Participant Social and Emotional Learning. In 2021 Symposium on Experiential Education Research (p. 32).


Faircloth, B., & Bobilya, A. J. (2013). A psychometric investigation of the North Carolina Outward Bound Student Course Impression Scale. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 5(2), 115–118.


Faircloth, W. B., & Cummings, E. M. (2008). Evaluating a parent education program for preventing the negative effects of marital conflict. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 29, 141-156.


Faircloth, W. B., Schermerhorn, A. C., Mitchell, P. M., Cummings, J. S., & Cummings, E. M. (2011). Testing the Long-term Efficacy of a Prevention Program for Improving Marital Conflict in Community Families. Journal of Applied Developmental, 32(4), 189-197.  


Mitchell, P. M., Faircloth, W. B., & Keller, P. S. (2005). Marital Conflict and the Aftermath of Divorce: Prevention Programs for Families.  In Borkowski, J. G., Prevention; The Science and Art of Healthy Human Development. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.


Mitchell, P. M., McCoy, K. P., Cummings, E. M., Faircloth, W. B., & Cummings, J. S. (2009). Prevention of the Negative Effects of Marital Conflict: A Child-Oriented Program. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.



Playing guitar, hiking, playing with my daughter and dog, and traveling.


Associate Professor of Psychology, Montreat College (2011-2017)



Research Methods

Human Development



Learning and Memory

Research Methods

Developmental Psychology


Social Psychology

Physiological Psychology

Concepts of the Self

Senior Seminar

Foundations of Faith and learning

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