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Fred Luskin, Ph.D.

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Fred Luskin, Ph.D.


Dr. Luskin is Director of Forgiveness Projects and a Senior Consultant of Health Promotion at Stanford University. He conducts research on the effects of forgiveness education and therapy. A central goal of Dr. Luskin’s work is to show that forgiveness is helpful for emotional, physical, and relationship well-being. His research demonstrates that learning to forgive leads to increased physical vitality, hope, optimism, and conflict resolution skills and decreased anger, hurt, depression, and stress.

Dr. Luskin’s work has been used as a response to the violence in Northern Ireland and Sierra Leone as well as with family members of people killed in the World Trade Center attack of 9/11. He is also the author of Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness and Forgive for Love: The Missing Ingredient for a Health and Lasting Relationship.

Dr. Luskin received his doctorate in counseling and health psychology from Stanford University. He finished a three-year postdoctorate in preventive cardiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a licensed marriage and family counselor, educational psychologist, and clinical psychologist.

Awards and Credentials

  1. Who’s Who in America, 2004-2009
  2. Both Forgive for Good and Forgive for Love have been best-selling books.
  3. Forgive for Good has been made into a PBS Pledge Drive video

Recommended Reading List

  • Forgive for Good. Luskin, F. (2003). HarperOne.
  • Forgive for Love. Luskin, F. (2009). HarperOne.
  • Stress Free for Good. Luskin, F. & Pelletier, K. (2005). HarperOne.

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