Jessica Hoffman

Associate Professor, Director of School Psychology (PhD)
  • Department of Applied Psychology

Office: 415 International Village
Phone: 617-373-5257

MEd, PhD, Lehigh University
BA, Hamilton College (Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology)


Licenses and Certifications:
Licensed Psychologist (Massachusetts)
Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)



Dr. Hoffman is a school psychologist, who specializes in the prevention of childhood obesity in school settings. Her work focuses on developing and testing multi-component interventions that promote healthy eating and physical activity among young children. The interventions that she has designed are grounded in theory, and they have been co-developed and evaluated with community partners. Dr. Hoffman was the principal investigator of a 5-year NIH-funded research study (K23 award) that explored ways to promote fruit and vegetable consumption among elementary school students. Between 2009-2016 she was the co-principal investigator of Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures, a community-based, early childhood obesity prevention program in Boston. Dr. Hoffman received the Lightner Witmer Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 16) for exceptional early career scholarship.


Public Service:
Dr. Hoffman directs the School Psychology PhD program at Northeastern University.  She is on the editorial boards of School Psychology Quarterly, School Mental Health and School Psychology Forum. She is a member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology, where she serves on various committees.

Current Courses: Pre-Practicum; Advanced Fieldwork I-IV; Doctoral Seminar in Program Planning and Evaluation

Selected Publications (a complete list of publications can be found in Dr. Hoffman’s Curriculum Vitae)

NOURISH Project Studies (Competitive Foods and Beverages in Massachusetts Schools): 

Cohen, J. F. W., Gorski, M. T., Hoffman, J. A., Rosenfeld, L., Chaffee, R., Smith, L., Catalano, P., Rimm, E. B. (2016). Healthier standards for school meals and snacks impact on school food revenues and lunch participation rates. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 51(4), 485-492. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2016.02.031

Rosenfeld, L, Cohen, J. F. W., *Gorski, M. T., Lessing, A. J., Smith, L., Rimm, E. & Hoffman, J. A. (senior author) (2016). How do we actually put smarter snacks in schools?: NOURISH (Nutrition Opportunities to Understand Reforms Involving Student Health) conversations with food-service directors. Public Health Nutrition. 20(3), 556-564. doi:10.1017/S1368980016002044

*Gorski, M. T. Cohen, J. F. W., Hoffman, J. A., Rosenfeld, L., *Chaffee, R., Smith, L. & Rimm, E. B. (2016). Impact of nutrition standards on competitive food quality in Massachusetts middle and high schools.  American Journal of Public Health, 106(6): 1101-1108. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303139

Hoffman, J. A., Rosenfeld, L., Schmidt, N., Cohen, J., *Gorski, M., *Chaffee, R., Smith, L., & Rimm, E. B. (2015). Implementation of competitive food and beverage standards in Massachusetts: the NOURISH Study (Nutrition Opportunities to Understand Reforms Involving Student Health). Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 115(8) 1299-307.e2. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2015.04.019

Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures & Farm to Preschool Studies

Hoffman, J. A., *Schmidt, E., Wirth, C., *Johnson, S., Sobell, S., Pelissier, K., Harris, D., & Izumi, B. (2016). Farm to Preschool: The state of the research literature and a snapshot of national practice. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. doi:10.1080/19320248.2016.1227747

 Izumi, B., Hoffman, J. A., Eckhardt, C., Johnson, A., Hallman, J., & Barberis, D. (2015). Harvest for Healthy Kids: A nutrition education curriculum aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. National Head Start Association Dialog, 18(2), 43-56.

 Hoffman, J. A., Wirth, C., *Johnson, S., Carter, S., *DuBois, M., *Cox, C., Castaneda-Sceppa, C. (2015). Communicating with Head Start parents about their child’s weight status. National Head Start Association Dialog, 18, 31-42.

 Castaneda-Sceppa, C., Hoffman, J. A., *Thomas, J., *DuBois, M., Agrawal, T., Griffin, D., Bhaumik, U., Healey, C. L., Dickerson, D., Nethersole, S., & Wirth, C. (2014). Family Gym: A model to promote physical activity for families with young children. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(3).  doi: 10.1353/hpu.2014.0120

Hoffman, J.A., Agrawal, T., Wirth, C., Watts, C., *Adeduntan, G., *Myles, L., & Castaneda-Sceppa, C. (2012). Farm to Family: Increasing access to affordable fruits and vegetables among urban Head Start families. Journal of Hunger and Enviornmental Nutrition, 7(2-3), 165-177. doi: 10.1080/19320248.2012.703522

 Hoffman, J. A., Agrawal, T., Thompson, D., *Ferguson, T., Grinder, A., Carter, S., Healey, C., Bhaumik, U., Castandea-Sceppa, C. (2012) Increasing culturally diverse meals in Head Start using a collaborative approach: Lessons learned for school food service modifications. National Head Start Association Dialogue, 15(3), 246-259. doi: 10.1080/15240754.2012.694917  

 Agawal, T., Hoffman, J. A., Ahl, M., Bhaumik, U., Healey, C., Carter, S., Dickerson, D., Nethersole, S., Griffin, D. & Castaneda,-Sceppa, C. (2012). Collaborating for impact: Partnership and programming model of a multi-level early childhood obesity prevention initiative. Family and Community Health, 35(3), 192-202. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e318250bc25 


Fruit and Vegetable Promotion Studies in Elementary Schools:  

Hoffman, J. A., Thompson, D. R., Franko, D. L., Power, T. J., Leff, S. L., Stallings, V. A. (2011). Decaying behavioral effects in a randomized multi-year fruit and vegetable intake intervention. Preventive Medicine, 52(5), 370-375. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.02.013

Hoffman, J. A. Franko, D. L., Thompson, D. R., Stallings, V. A., & Power. T. J. (2010). Longitudinal behavioral effects of a school-based fruit and vegetable promotion program. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35(1), 61-71. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsp041

Blom-Hoffman, J., *Wilcox, K. A., *Dunn, L., Leff, S. S., & Power, T. J. (2008). Family involvement in school-based health promotion: Bringing nutrition information home. School Psychology Review, 37(4)567-577.

Blom-Hoffman, J. (2008). School-based promotion of fruit and vegetable consumption in multiculturally diverse, urban Schools. Psychology in the Schools, 45(1), 16-27. doi: 10.1002/pits.20275

Blom-Hoffman, J., *Kelleher, C., Power, T. J., Leff, S. S., (2004). Promoting healthy food consumption among young children: Evaluation of a multi-component nutrition education program. Journal of School Psychology, 42(1)45-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2003.08.004

Blom-Hoffman, J. & DuPaul, G. J. (2003). School-based health promotion: The effects of a nutrition education program. School Psychology Review, 32(2)263-271.


Early Literacy and Dialogic Reading Studies:

Briesch, A. M., Chafouleas, S. M., LeBel, T. J., & Blom-Hoffman, J. (2009). Impact of videotaped instruction in dialogic reading strategies: An investigation of caregiver implementation integrity. Psychology in the Schools, 45(10), 978-993. doi: 10.1002/pits.20346  

Blom-Hoffman, J., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T., Volpe, R. J., *Cutting, J., *Bissinger, E. (2006). Instructing parents to use dialogic reading strategies with preschool children: Impact of a video-based training program on caregiver reading behaviors and children’s related verbalizations. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 23(1), 117-131. doi: 10.1300/J370v23n01_06

Blom-Hoffman, J., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T., & *Cutting, J. (2006). Read Together, Talk Together: The acceptability of teaching parents to use dialogic reading strategies via videotaped instruction. Psychology in the Schools, 43(1), 71-78. doi: 10.1002/pits.20130

Clarke, A. T., Power, T. J., Blom-Hoffman, J., Dwyer, J. F., Kelleher, C. R., & Novak, M. (2004). Kindergarten reading engagement: An investigation of teacher ratings. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 20(1), 131-144. doi: 10.1300/J370v20n01_08


Student-led Studies

*Briesch DuBois, J. M., Briesch, A. M., Hoffman, J. A., Struzziero, J., & Toback, R. (in press). Implementing self-management within a group counseling context: Effects on academic enabling behaviors. Psychology in the Schools.

*Krehbiel, C. F., DuPaul, G. J., & Hoffman, J. A. (2017). A validation study of the Automated Self-Administered 24-Hour Dietary Recall for Children, 2014 Version, at school lunch. Journal Of The Academy Of Nutrition And Dietetics117(5), 715-724. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2016.10.028

*DuBois, M., Volpe, R. J., Burns, M. K., Hoffman, J. A., (2016). Parent-administered computer-assisted tutoring targeting letter-sound knowledge: Evaluation via multiple-baseline across three preschool students. Journal of School Psychology, 59, 39-53doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2016.09.004

*Cox, C., Hoffman, J. A., Shiyko, M. (2016). Using text messages to promote engagement in a subsidized community supported agriculture program for Head Start families. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 11(2): 280-291. doi: 10.1080/19320248.2015.1095141

*Johnson, S. E., Hoffman, J. A., Kruger, L., J., & Rizzo, C. J. (2015). Teaching school psychology students about teen dating violence: A snapshot of training practices across the U.S. School Mental Health, 7(4), 249-260. doi:


*Saksono H, *Ranade A,* Kamarthi G, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Hoffman J, Wirth C, Parker A. (2015). Spaceship Launch: Designing a collaborative exergame for families. Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, 1776-1787.

*Edwards George, J. B., Franko, D. L., Leffler, D. A., Dennis, M. D., Kelly, C. P., & Blom-Hoffman, J. (2009). Psychological correlates of gluten-free diet adherence in adults with celiac disease. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 43(4)301-306. doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e31816a8c9b