Major Research Initiatives
The Thrive Center's research seeks to investigate and further understand the psychological components of thriving and further the promotion of the process of thriving. Specifically, the Thrive Center works at the integration of science and spirituality.
Shades of Gratitude Project
Our team seeks to test and develop a theoretical framework to help guide future research on gratitude.
Study of Spirituality in America
Our team uses cutting-edge structural model analysis to understand diverse spirituality in the U.S.
CI Study of Positive Youth Development
Dr. King and partners study the impact of Compassion International's programs on youth.
Multidimensional Identities of the 1.5 Undocu Generation
Dr. Rojas-Flores and Ramirez lead a self-care, mental health series to support undocumented youth.
The Joyride Project
Dr. King explores the nature of joy and how to nurture joy in youth in order to promote thriving.
Spiritual Exemplars II Project
A continuation study, Dr. King follows up on the spiritual journeys of elected youth exemplars.
Measuring Spirituality Among Adolescents
Dr. King tests the psychological viability of the MDAS scale among diverse youth.
The Telos Project
Dr. King uses teleology to further understand the ends and means of human development and thriving.
Seminarian Formation Assessment Project
Scholars conduct longitudinal, empirical research on the human and spiritual formation of seminarian students.
Research Projects Archive
The Thrive Center has an established body of scholarly work in positive youth development, religion and spirituality, character virtue and emotion regulation. Access peer-reviewed publications, scholarly articles, and essays produced from our research here.