Everett Worthington, Ph.D., began conducting research on forgiveness in 1990. He focused his research on forgiveness and reconciliation in couples and families. He also has developed and studied the effectiveness of psychoeducational groups in secular milieus to help people deal with unforgiveness across a variety of relationships within the same group.
In the last ten years, he has studied how forgiveness and justice work together and can oppose each other. From 1998 to 2005, he directed A Campaign for Forgiveness Research, a non-profit organization that supports research into forgiving.
He wrote Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Theory and Application, a book explaining his stress-and-coping theory of forgiveness, describing his psychoeducational programs to promote forgiveness and reconciliation, and discussing a model of psychotherapy to promote forgiveness. He has four other recent books, Handbook of Forgiveness; Forgiving and Reconciling: Bridges to Wholeness and Hope; The Power of Forgiveness; and Hope-focused Marriage Counseling.
Ev is Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University (largest state university in Virginia). He is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. He has published over 20 books and over 200 articles and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, marriage, and family topics. He frequently discusses forgiveness, marriage, and family in media.