Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, Ph.D.

1997- Psychology Hope College, Holland, MI, United States 
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Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, Ph.D., is a graduate of Purdue University, where she trained as a scientist-practitioner clinical psychologist. She serves as Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Hope College, Holland, MI. Witvliet has studied the psychophysiology of emotion and has conducted two decades of empirical research on the psychophysiology of compassion and forgiveness. She also studies accountability, gratitude, hope, mental health, and flourishing. Supported by grants from The John Templeton Foundation and the Fetzer Institute, her publications have appeared in journals such as Psychophysiology, Psychological Science, and The Journal of Positive Psychology. Over 120 media outlets and books have reported on her forgiveness research findings, including “The Book of Joy,” co-authored by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama (2016), Greater Good in Action, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, CNN, Time, Newsweek, and USA Today.


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Scott Vrana grad student 1991-1997 Purdue (Neurotree)


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David J. Bauer research assistant Hope College (Neurotree)
Emily Hollebeek Brechting research assistant Hope College
Nathaniel J. Deyoung research assistant Hope College (Neurotree)
Nova Hinman research assistant Hope College
Scott R. Hinze research assistant Hope College (EduTree)
Andrew Jarosz research assistant Hope College
Ross Knoll research assistant Hope College
Lindsey Root Luna research assistant Hope College
Alicia Hofelich Mohr research assistant Hope College
Fallon J. Richie research assistant Hope College
Amy Sato research assistant Hope College
Robert Vlisides-Henry research assistant Hope College
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Witvliet Cv, Richie FJ, Luna LMR, et al. (2019) Gratitude predicts hope and happiness: A two-study assessment of traits and states The Journal of Positive Psychology. 14: 271-282
Luna LMR, Tongeren DRV, Witvliet Cv. (2017) Virtue, Positive Psychology, and Religion: Consideration of an Overarching Virtue and an Underpinning Mechanism Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 9: 299-302
Panayiotou G, Witvliet Cv, Robinson JD, et al. (2011) A startling absence of emotion effects: Active attention to the startle probe as a motor task cue appears to eliminate modulation of the startle reflex by valence and arousal. Biological Psychology. 87: 226-33
Worthington EL, Witvliet CV, Pietrini P, et al. (2007) Forgiveness, health, and well-being: a review of evidence for emotional versus decisional forgiveness, dispositional forgivingness, and reduced unforgiveness. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 30: 291-302
Witvliet CV, Vrana SR. (1995) Psychophysiological responses as indices of affective dimensions. Psychophysiology. 32: 436-43
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