Our research explores the ways that people develop, seek, establish, and rebuild connection with one another across a variety of contexts. Examples of this work involve the following projects.  

Raising Grateful Children 

We have conducted two primary studies that examine the development of gratitude in children and what parents can do to foster gratitude in their children.    

Gratitude Conversations

is an online tool for parents to improve their communication with their tweens and teens, focusing on talking about times when children are grateful as well as when they miss the opportunity to be.  

The Good Gifts Program

is a four-session group intervention, developed under the leadership of Lutheran Social Services, that encourages practices of gratitude, generosity and hope in opportunity youth who have experienced homelessness.