Bio on Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, Ph.D

Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, Ph.D., serves as Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Hope College. Trained as a scientist-practitioner clinical psychologist, Witvliet studies the responses people embody when they relive past interpersonal transgressions, hold grudges, and cultivate forgiveness. She also studies flourishing, gratitude, hope, and mental health. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Psychological Science, The Journal of Positive Psychology, and the Journal of Psychology and Theology. Supported by grants from The John Templeton Foundation and the Fetzer Institute, Witvliet’s forgiveness research has been featured in over a hundred media outlets, including Time, Newsweek, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and CNN.

In the Rollins Lectures on Seeking Forgiveness and Granting Forgiveness, Professor Witvliet will share psychological discoveries that assist people who want to seek and grant forgiveness. We will engage themes of truth-telling and transformation, safety and justice, and how forgiveness differs from reconciliation. The research is bio-psycho-social-spiritual in nature. It will address aspects of what it means to be embodied, thinking, feeling, and relational people who are made in God’s image.


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