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.
CI Study of Positive Youth Development
Dr. King and partners study the impact of Compassion International's programs on 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 Project
A continuation study, Dr. King follows up on the spiritual journeys of elected youth exemplars.
The Telos Project
Scholars use teleology to further understand the ends of human development and thriving.
Shades of Gratitude Project
Scholars test and develop a theoretical framework to help guide future research on gratitude to God.
Study of Spirituality in America
Scholars use cutting-edge structural model analysis to understand diverse spirituality in the U.S.
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.