About

Generously funded by the John Templeton Foundation, this grant aims to galvanize widespread scientific development of virtue interventions for adolescents across a diversity of contexts (e.g., athletic teams, religious organizations, youth community centers, online) that attend to spirituality and transcendent purpose.

Target virtues for interventions include love, gratitude, hope, patience, generosity, joy, wisdom, and forgiveness.

Because interventions will not bring about real-world change unless they attend to the contextual features of adolescents’ lives, we will mobilize scholar-practitioner teams to develop, test, and plan implementation for virtue interventions. We will also promote the creation of technology and new media products that foster character strengths in adolescents since youth are spending increasing amounts of time in technologically mediated contexts.

Project activities include:

  • administration of two requests for proposals that will award 3-5 Character Intervention Full Grants and 3-5 Technology Innovation Grants as well as a prize for additional development of the winning Technology Grant prototype.
  • Two conferences for grantees will be hosted to promote positive scholar-practitioner collaboration and networking, construct a cohesive measurement strategy, and share findings.
  • The project team will also conduct two pilot research studies exemplifying scholar-practitioner collaboration.
  • Concrete deliverables will include 4-6 empirically validated virtue interventions and implementation plans, 3-5 virtue-building tech products, 10-12 peer-review articles, 12-20 academic conference presentations, publication of Virtue Interventions for Practitioners e-book, and video content describing interventions.

The Grant Team

Dr. Benjamin Houltberg

Co-Investigator

Dr. Benjamin Houltberg

Director of Research

USC Performance Science Institute

Marshall School of Business

Dr. Jennifer Shubert
Dr. Jennifer Shubert

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Lizzy Davis
Lizzy Davis

Grant Manager/Project Coordinator

Baylor University

254-710-2423

Lizzy_Davis@baylor.edu

Madison Gilbertson
Madison Gilbertson

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Juliette Ratchford
Juliette Ratchford

Graduate Student Research Assistant