Awards and Grants


2019-2022 John Templeton Foundation Grant # 61514: “Exemplar Interventions to Develop      Character” (Project Leader with Michael Lamb, $1,686,200)

2019 European Association for Personality Psychology, Expert Meeting Grant (with Laura Blakie, € 10,000)

2019-2021 Templeton World Charity Foundation, “Developing the character strengths of wisdom in high-risk contexts: Testing new approaches in the Philippines and Sri Lanka (co-project leader with Santushi Amarasuriya, Henri C. Santos, and Igor Grossman), $231,679.00

2018-2020 John Templeton Foundation Grant # 61214: “The Honesty Project: A Pilot Grant” (Psychology Co-Director with Christian Miller, William Fleeson, and R. Michael Furr)

2018 Award for Faculty Excellence in Research, Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

2017 Nominated for Early Career Researcher Award, International Positive Psychology Association

2017 Seminar Co-leader and Fellow, Contemplative Studies & Research Faculty Seminar, 2017/2018, The Humanities Institute, Wake Forest University

2016-2019 John Templeton Foundation Grant # 60699: “The Pathways to Character Project” (Co-Project Leader with Frank Infurna, Arizona State University), $3,399,876. Including $2,000,000 for a grant competition to promote research in personality change following the experience of challenge and failure

2016 Fellow, Contemplative Studies & Research Faculty Seminar, 2016/2017, The Humanities Institute, Wake Forest University

2016 Academic and Community Engaged Faculty Fellowship, Pro Humanitate Institute, Wake Forest University, $1500

2016 Summer Course (Re)Design grant, Teaching and Learning Center, Wake Forest University, $1500

2016 Magnolias Curriculum Project, Office of Sustainability, Wake Forest University, $500

2015 Rising Star Award, Association for Psychological Science.

2015 Dingledine Fund for the Support of International Activities: Wake Forest University, The Undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences Award, $2,390

2015-2018 John Templeton Foundation Grant # 60450: “Promoting Intellectual Humility Among Middle-School Students: Developing an Education Film, Preliminary Intervention Strategy, and Complementary Research Program” (Principal Investigator), $675,623

2015-2018 Templeton Religion Trust Grant: “The Beacon Project” (William Fleeson, PI), Associated Team Member

2015-2017 Templeton Religion Trust Grant: “Does Adversity Make Us Wiser Than Before? Addressing a Foundational Question” (Principal Investigator), $206,463

2013-2015 Templeton World Charity Foundation Grant: “Developing Character Project” (Christian Miller, PI): Associated Team Member

2013-2014 John Templeton Foundation Grant # 24322 (supplement): “What Are the Real Benefits of Hardship?  Examining Possibilities for Behavioral Growth Following Adversity” (Principal Investigator), $25,085

2011-2014 John Templeton Foundation Grant # 24322: “What Are the Real Benefits of Hardship? Examining Possibilities for Behavioral Growth Following Adversity” (Principal Investigator), $449,869

2011 Wake Forest University Scholar Development Award

2010-2013 Research Grant, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania, $16,000

2010 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting Student Poster Award, Finalist

2010 University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship

2010 University of Pennsylvania Critical Writing Teaching Fellowship (declined)

2009-2010 University of Pennsylvania Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, Mentoring Award, $500

2009 Mellon Refugee Initiative Fund Fellowship

2009 University of Pennsylvania Critical Writing Teaching Fellowship (declined)

2008 Summer Research Grant, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, $1,600

2008 Summer Research Grant, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, $3,000

2007-2008 Research Grant, The Asia Foundation’s “Reducing Incidences and Effects of Torture” (RESIST) program and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (Principal Co- Investigator), $10, 750

2005 Henry S. Williamson Award, presented annually to the outstanding senior of the graduating class (equivalent of valedictorian award), Franklin & Marshall College

2005 Stanley Craig Memorial Award, awarded to a member of the student body who demonstrates the highest qualities of personality, character and involvement, Franklin & Marshall College

2005 Alice Distler Award, awarded to a student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in volunteer service in the community, Franklin & Marshall College

2005 Benjamin Franklin Citizenship Award for service-learning and citizenship, Franklin & Marshall College

2005 Edward S. Reed Prize, Franklin & Marshall College

2005 John A. Griffin Award, Franklin & Marshall College

2005 Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society)

2004 Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society)

2003 Leser and Nissley Student/Faculty Partnership Award, Franklin & Marshall College

2003 Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Award (for educational travel to Istanbul, Turkey), Franklin & Marshall College

2003 Harry S. Butler Memorial Prize (for travel to Niger, West Africa), Franklin & Marshall College

2002-2004 Hackman Summer Research Fellowship (awarded annually thrice), Franklin & Marshall College

2002-2004 Dana Scholar, Franklin & Marshall College

2002 John Kryder Evens Memorial Award (for research in India and Nepal), Franklin & Marshall College

2002 Spaulding Program in Leadership, Franklin & Marshall College

2001-2005 Global Scholar (full merit and need-based scholarship for international students), Franklin & Marshall College