Research Projects

Joy

Research Project

The Joyride Project

This project seeks to integrate the theological and psychological perspectives of joy and flourishing.

Spirituality

Research Project

Measuring Spirituality Among Adolescents

Pamela King and team test the psychological viability of the MDAS scale among diverse youth.

Gratitude

Research Project

Shades of Gratitude

Our team seeks to test and develop a theoretical framework to help guide future research on gratitude.

Thriving

Research Project

The Telos Project

Pamela King uses teleology to further understand the ends and means of human development and thriving.

Spirituality

Research Project

Study of Spirituality in America – Structural Topic Modeling

Our team uses cutting-edge structural model analysis to understand diverse spirituality in the U.S.

Spirituality

Research Project

Spiritual Exemplars: The Emerging Adult Years

A continuation study, Pamela King follows up on the spiritual journeys of elected youth exemplars.

Youth

Research Project

CI Study of Positive Youth Development

Pamela King and partners study the impact of Compassion International's programs on youth.

Spirituality

Research Project

The Good Physician Project

Longitudinal study by Sarah Schnitker to explore spirituality and virtue formation in physicians. An Exploration of the Role of Religion and Spirituality on Virtue Formation in Physicians.

Thriving

Research Project

Self-Narratives and Emotional Health among Elite Athletes

Ben Houltberg and scholars examine the role of self-narrative profiles in elite athletes' wellbeing.

Christian

Research Project

Love Thy Neighbor Project

Sarah Schnitker examines the connection between intercessory prayer and generosity with student researchers. Examining the Effects of Moral Intuitions and Intercessory Prayer on Generous Behavior.

Youth

Research Project

Virtue Interventions in Adolescent Athletes

Sarah Schnitker and Ben Houltberg examine the contexts in which teen athletes develop character strengths.

Thriving

Research Project

Evolutionary Psychology and Christian Views on Human Thriving

Thrive faculty and students engage scholars on evolutionary psychology, spirituality, and thriving.