Published on March 8, 2019 by Sean Flynt  
Berry Jack

An American Journal of Health Promotion  article co-authored by Samford University psychology professor Jack Berry was selected by the journal’s editors as the 2018 Paper of the Year. Berry co-authored Forgiveness Working:  Forgiveness, Health, and Productivity in the Workplace with L.L. Toussaint, E.L. Worthington, Jr., D.R. Van Tongeren, J. Hook, A.J. Miller and D.E. Davis.

The Paper of the Year award recognizes unique, well written and often-cited studies that address a topic of timely importance in health promotion, with clearly written research questions and well executed methodologies.

“Our field has never been more holistic, influential and impactful in examining how to address the health promotion needs of children and other vulnerable populations,” said American Journal of Health Promotion editor in chief Paul Terry. “The goal of our journal’s Paper of the Year Awards is to honor some of health promotion’s best scientists and especially to recognize those who bring outstanding humanity to their field of inquiry and bigheartedness to their writing.”

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.