Grants and Projects

Current Grants

Planning Grant: Cultivating Gratitude, Generosity, and Spirituality in Digital Spaces: Charting a Course for Translational Research to Promote Human Flourishing (Principal Investigator; Co-Investigators: Tyler Greenway, Jenae Nelson, Glen Moriarty). Templeton World Charity Foundation #30432 (September 2023 – August 2025). $259,870.

Patience Planning in Psychology: Construct Refinement and Building an Empirical Base for Interdisciplinary Inquiry (Principal Investigator; Co-Investigators: Kate Sweeney, Liz Davis, Eranda Jayawickreme, Juliette Ratchford). Templeton Religion Trust #31234 (August 2023 – February 2025). $258,658.

Illuminating Theological Inquiry and Christian Ethics Through Training in Psychological Science (Principal Investigator; Co-Principal Investigator: Devan Stahl; Co-Investigators: Anne Jeffrey, Wade Rowatt, Meredith Palm, Paul Martens, JoAnn Tsang, Natalie Carnes). John Templeton Foundation (January 2023 – December 2025). $2,565,353.

Using a Muslim Community Approach to Cultivate Virtues in the Face of Marginalization among Muslim Youth (Co-Investigator/Mentor; Principal Investigators: Madiha Tahseen, Merve Balkaya-Ince; Co-Investigators: Sameera Ahmed, Karen Melton). John Templeton Foundation (August 2022-July 2025). Total Award $1,160,872, Baylor Subaward $295,396.

Measuring the (Im)measurable in Real Life (Co-Investigator; Principal Investigators: Kutter Callaway, Wade Rowatt,; Co-Investigators: Bob Darden, Alexis Abernethy). Templeton Religion Trust (June 2022-May 2025, #0447). $1,228,511.

The Role Of Meta-Identity In Developing Moral Communities Within Higher Education (Principal Investigator; Co-Investigator: Perry Glanzer). John Templeton Foundation (December 2021 – November 2024, #62208). $2,698,693.

Past Grants

Planning Grant: Galvanizing the Psychological, Philosophical, and Theological Study and Practice of Patience (Co-Investigator: Juliette Ratchford). Templeton Religion Trust (January 2021-May 2023,#0314). $234,800.

Gratitude to God: Psychological, Philosophical, and Theological Investigations, Phase 2 (Co-Investigator; Principal Investigators: Peter Hill, Robert Emmons; Co-Investigators: JoAnn Tsang). John Templeton Foundation (January 2020-December 2022, #61513). Total Award $4,032,851, Baylor Subaward $253,056.

Measuring the (Im)measurable: A Psychological Model of the “Something More” that Humans Encounter in and through Art (Co-Investigator; Co-Principal Investigators: Kutter Callaway, Wade Rowatt). Templeton Religion Trust (July 1, 2020 – March 31, 2022, #0345). $234,499.95.

Character Strength Interventions in Adolescents: Engaging Scholars and Practitioners to Promote Virtue Development (Principal Investigator; Co-Investigator: Benjamin Houltberg). John Templeton Foundation (December 2018-November 2021, #61221). $ 2,648,625.

Virtue Interventions in Adolescent Athletes: Framing and Context Effects (Principal Investigator; Co-Investigator: Benjamin Houltberg). John Templeton Foundation (January 2015-December 2017, #51914). $802,903.

Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself (and as Thy In-Group): Examining the Effects of Moral Intuitions and Intercessory Prayer on Generous Behavior (Co-Investigator with Graduate Student Principal Investigators Tyler Greenway and Abigail Shepherd).

  • The Science and Imagination of Living Generously, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University (August 2016-August 2017). $40,000.
  • Thrive Center Seed Grant (January 2015-December 2016). $3,000.

Theology and Psychology of Self-Control Cluster Group Grant (Principal Investigator). RFP on the Philosophy and Science of Self Control, Florida State University Research Foundation, John Templeton Foundation (September 2015-August 2016). $5,000.

Multilevel Modeling of Personal Project Pursuit Over Time (Principal Investigator). Travis Research Institute Seed Grant (January 2015-May 2016). $1,970.

Virtue Interventions in Adolescent Athletes Research Planning Grant (#39481, Principal Investigator). John Templeton Foundation (February 2013-June 2014). $112,154.

Course Development Grant on Psychology and Spiritual Formation (Principal Investigator). Biola University Center for Christian Thought funded by the John Templeton Foundation (July 2013-June 2014). $15,000.

A Narrative Approach to God Concept, Sexuality, and Body Image (Principal Investigator). Travis Research Institute Seed Grant (January 2014-December 2014). $2,350.

Thrifty Behaviors and Beliefs: Construct and Scale Development (Principal Investigator). Travis Research Institute Seed Grant (January 2013-December 2013). $1,262.