Behaviors
About Loren Toussaint, Ph. D.

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leaders might note that their members are great at cleaning but not containing and this might be a useful insight that guides education, especially daily reminders, emails, text messages, etc. prompting people to be vigilant about containing the spread of the virus,” said Toussaint.

The Clean and Contain Scale has initial evidence of reliability and validity and can be used with confidence that it assesses health behavior with some accuracy. “Clean and Contain: Initial Development of a Measure of Infection Prevention Behaviors during the COVID-19 Pandemic” by Toussaint and his colleagues was published in the “Annals of Behavioral Medicine” in August.

Dr. Loren Toussaint is a professor of psychology at Luther College in Decorah. He is a consultant to Mayo Clinic, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Boise State University and the associate director of the Sierra Leone Forgiveness Project. Dr. Toussaint’s research examines virtues, especially forgiveness, and how they are related to health and well-being. He and colleagues recently published compendium of research titled: “Forgiveness and Health: Scientific Evidence and Theories Relating Forgiveness to Better Health” (Springer). Dr. Toussaint directs the Laboratory for the Investigation of Mind, Body, and Spirit at Luther College. He encourages “everyday forgiveness” to build resilience and minimize stress in families, schools, healthcare, workplaces and communities.