Jessica Hoffman

Associate Professor
  • Department of Counseling and Applied Educational 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)
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

Public Service:
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.

Current Courses: Advanced Fieldwork, Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Pre-practicum

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles: (*indicates student co-author)

1.      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, 165-177.

 2.      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, 246-259.

 3.      Hoffman, J.A.,Agrawal, T., Carter, S., Grinder, A.M., Castaneda-Sceppa, C, (2012). Cultural/Favorite Recipe Day: Strengthening approaches to increase culturally diverse foods served in head start meals. National Head Start Association Dialog, 15, 266-271.

 4.      Agrawal, 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, 192-202.

 5.      Franko, D.L., Cousineau, T.M., Rodgers, R.F., *Roehrig, J.P., & Hoffman, J. A. (in press). Social-cognitive correlates of fruit and vegetable consumption in minority and non-minority youth . Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

 6.      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, 370-375.

 7.      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, 61-71.

 8.      Hoffman, J.A., Morris, V., & Cook, J. (2009). Boston middle school-corner store initiative: development, implementation and initial evaluation of a program designed to improve adolescent’s beverage purchasing behaviors. Psychology in the Schools, 46, 756-766.

9.      Leff, S. S., Hoffman, J. A., & Gullan, R. L. (2009). Intervention integrity: New paradigms and applications. School Mental Health, 1, 103-106.

10.  Blom-Hoffman, J.,Leff, S. S., Franko, D. L., Weinstein, E., Beakley, K., & Power, T. J. (2009) Using a multi-component, partnership-based approach to improve participation rates in school-based research. School Mental Health, 1, 3-15.   

11.  Volpe, R. J., Gadow, K. D., Blom-Hoffman, J., & Feinberg, A. B. (2009). Factor analytic and individualized approaches to constructing brief measures of ADHD behavior. Journal of Emotion and Behavior Disorders, 17, 118-128.

12.  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, 978-993.

13.  *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, 301-306.

14.  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, 4, 567-577.

15.  Blom-Hoffman, J. (2008). School-based promotion of fruit and vegetable consumption in multiculturally diverse, urban Schools. Psychology in the Schools, 45, 16-27.

16.  Leffler, D. A., *George, J. B. E., Dennis, M., Schuppan, D., Cook, F., Franko, D. L., Blom-Hoffman, J., & Kelly, C. P. (2008). Factors that influence adherence to the gluten-free diet in adults with celiac disease. Digestive Disease and Sciences, 53, 1573-1581.

 17.  Blom-Hoffman, J. & Rose, G. S. (2007). Applying motivational interviewing techniques to further the primary prevention potential of school-based consultation. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 17, 151-156.

 18.  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, 117-131.

 19.  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, 71-78.

 20.  Power, T. J., Blom-Hoffman, J., Clarke, A. T., Riley-Tillman, T. C., *Kelleher, C. (2005). Reconceptualizing intervention integrity: A partnership-based framework for linking research with practice. Psychology in the Schools, 42, 495-507.

 21.  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, 45-60.

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

 23.  Power, T. J., Russell, H., Soffer, S., Blom-Hoffman, J., & Grim, S. (2002). Role of parent training in improving outcomes in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Disease Management and Health Outcomes, 10, 117-126.

 24.  Hoffman, J. A.& DuPaul, G.J. (2000). Psychoeducational interventions for attention‑deficit/ hyperactivity disorder. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 9, 647-661.