Tyler J. Fuller is a Ph.D. student in the Religion in Philosophy, Politics, and Society area of specialization under the direction of Prof. Anthony Petro. Tyler is a sociologist of religion and a health educator. His research interests focus on the social scientific study of religion, health-seeking behaviors, and faith-based health education and promotion. He primarily utilizes qualitative research methods, including ethnography and grounded theory, as well as community-based participatory research methods. Tyler was a Colloquium Fellow (2020-21) with Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, where he presented qualitative research on Catholic experiences of watching mass virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is currently a Sinai and Synapses Fellow (2021-23) at The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and holds a Workspace Fellowship at the Center for Mind and Culture.

After graduating from Simpson College with a B.A., double majoring in Biology and Religion, Tyler served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Fiji, working on community health education and promotion. Tyler then attended Emory University, earning both an M.T.S. and an M.P.H. through the Religion and Public Health Dual Degree Program. During his time at Emory University, Tyler was a research assistant at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and interned with the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS, where he worked closely with the World Council of Churches. Tyler is also a Certified Health Education Specialist®.


Podewils, L.J., Long, E.F., Fuller, T.J., Mwakazanga, D., Kapungu, K., Tembo, M., Mwanza, S., Curran, K., Smith, J., Tobias, J., & Kasongo, W. (2022). Zambia Assessment of Tuberculosis and HIV in the Mines (ZATHIM): Implications for Programs and Policies. BMC Public Health, 22, 791.

Piper, K.N., Lambert, D.N. & Fuller, T.J. (2022). The Impact of Religious Participation and Religious Upbringing on the Sexual Behavior of Emerging Adults in the Southern United States. Sexuality & Culture, 26, 1711-1731.

Fuller, T.J., Phillips, N.R., Lambert, D.N., DiClemente, R.J., & Wingood, G.M. (2022). Re-membering HIV in the Black Church: Women’s Religious and Social Identity in Relation to Perceived Risk and Men on the Down Low. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 24 (3), 437-450.

Mandelbaum, J. & Fuller, T.J. (2021). What is the Story You Want to Tell? Utilizing the Narrative Arc as a Writing Framework in Public Health. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 7 (2), 144-147.

Fuller, T.J., Leonard, M., Cochran, J., Hutchins, R., Brioche, R., Kitiabi, H., & Cranmer, J.N. (2021). Collaborative Development and Implementation of a Video-Based Curriculum Expansion to Improve Refugee Women’s Birth Experiences in the US. Health Promotion Practice, 22 (2), 177-180.

Fuller, T.J. & Bogue, S. (2020). Training for Health Ministry: Design and Implementation of Library Resources to Incorporate Health Education and Promotion into Theological Education. Teaching Theology & Religion, 24 (4), 240-251

Piper, K.N., Fuller, T.J., Ayers, A.A., Lambert, D.N., Sales, J.M., & Wingood, G.M. (2020). A Qualitative Exploration of Religion, Gender Norms, and Sexual Decision-Making within African American Faith-Based Communities. Sex Roles, 82 (3-4), 189-205.