Dr. Jessica Hoffman
Associate Professor and Program Director, Department of Applied Psychology
MEd, PhD, Lehigh University
BA, Hamilton College (Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology)
Licenses and Certifications:
Licensed Psychologist (Massachusetts)
Licensed School Psychologist (Massachusetts)
Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
Dr. Hoffman is a school psychologist, who specializes in school-based prevention of childhood obesity. She was the principal investigator of a 5-year NIH-funded research project to explore ways to promote fruit and vegetable consumption among elementary school students attending the Boston Public Schools. Currently, she is the co-investigator of Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures (HKHF), a community-based obesity prevention program for preschool children in Boston. HKHF uniquely combines evidence-based approaches to engage culturally and linguistically diverse early child care providers and caregivers of young children to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity. In 2007 Dr. Hoffman received the Lightner Witmer Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 16) for exceptional early career scholarship.
Research: School-based health promotion and program evaluation
Dr. Hoffman directs the MS/CAGS and PhD programs in school psychology at Northeastern. She is on the editorial boards of School Psychology Review, School Psychology Quarterly, School Mental Health and School Psychology Forum. She is Vice President of Membership for Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.