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Professor Loren Toussaint


Luther College

Dr Loren Toussaint is a Professor of Psychology at Luther College, Iowa, USA. He has served as a consultant to Mayo Clinic, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and Boise State University, and he is currently the associate director of the Sierra Leone Forgiveness Project. His research examines virtues, especially forgiveness, and how they are related to health and well-being. He and colleagues recently published a compendium of research titled: Forgiveness and Health: Scientific Evidence and Theories Relating Forgiveness to Better Health (Springer).

Loren directs the Laboratory for the Investigation of Mind, Body, and Spirit at Luther College: Students of all levels study in this laboratory, and many co-author peer-reviewed research papers and presentations.

He encourages “everyday forgiveness” to build resilience and minimize stress in families, schools, healthcare, workplaces, and communities. Everyday forgiveness is taught through the FoRGo program, which is an education and outreach program emphasizing the role of forgiveness in building resilience and encouraging personal growth:

Loren’s work has been highlighted in a number of print, online, and radio media outlets such as TIME, U.S. News, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Des Moines Register, Georgia Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, CNN, Huffington Post,, Ladies Home Journal, Scotland on Sunday, Men’s Health, Psychology Today, and the Associated Press.