Laura Yamhure Thompson received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas in 2003. She completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital and the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance and the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry. She was awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for her research regarding forgiveness as a moderator of the relationship between stress and psoriasis severity. She and her mentor, C. R. Snyder, collaborated on the Heartland Forgiveness Project, a program of research to develop a model, definition, and measure of forgiveness (i.e., the Heartland Forgiveness Scale). She is currently a licensed psychologist in the states of Hawaii and Arizona.



C. R. Snyder (1944-2006) was Wright Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and he was editor of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology for 12 years. Well known for his work at the interface of clinical, social, personality, and health psychology, his theories pertained to how people react to personal feedback, the human need for uniqueness, the drive to excuse transgressions, and the hope motive. One of the foremost researchers studying positive psychology, he developed the field of hope into a self-sustaining field of study. His prominence as a researcher in the area of positive psychology was indispensable in the creation and funding of the Heartland Forgiveness Project. Dr. Snyder was a mentor to Laura Yamhure Thompson and countless others in the field of psychology. He is dearly missed.



Lesa Hoffman received her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Kansas in 2003. She was the quantitative specialist for the Heartland Forgiveness Project and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Pennsylvania State University before joining the Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln as an Assistant Professor in 2006 (and as Associate Professor in 2011). Dr. Hoffman became the Scientific Director of the Research Design and Analysis (RDA) Unit and Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas in August 2014. Her program of research seeks to empirically examine and to thoughtfully disseminate how developments in quantitative psychology can best be utilized to advance empirical work in psychology, human development, and other social sciences. Recent projects have focused on the measurement of visual attention in older adults, the methodological barriers to examining longitudinal changes in cognition, and innovative applications of multilevel modeling for within-person experimental designs. She teaches graduate courses and intensive workshops in advanced quantitative methods, such as latent trait measurement models, multilevel modeling, and longitudinal data analysis. Visit Lesa’s home page for more information about her research, teaching, and recent textbook on Longitudinal Analysis: