Lesa Hoffman

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Child Language Doctoral Program, Life Span Institute
Associate Professor/Associate Scientist
Primary office:
785-864-0638
Dole Human Development Center
Room 3042
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence KS 66044


Research Interests

  • Quantitative methods
  • Psychometrics
  • Applied statistics

Selected Publications

Tuliao, A. P., Hoffman, L., & McChargue, D. E. (2017). Measuring individual differences in responses to date-rape vignettes using latent variable models. Aggressive Behavior, 43(1), 60-73. DOI:10.1002/ab.21662 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ab.21662

Hamm, J. A., & Hoffman, L. (2016). Working with covariance: Using higher-order factors in structural equation modeling with trust constructs. In E. Shockley, T. Neal, L. PytlikZillig, & B. Bornstein (Eds.), Interdisciplinary perspectives on trust: Towards theoretical and methodological integration (pp. 85-97). Springer.

Watts, A., Walters, R. W., Hoffman, L., & Templin, J. (2016). Intra-individual variability of physical activity in older adults with and without mild Alzheimer’s disease. PLOS ONE, 11(4), e0153898.

Hamm, J. A., Hoffman, L., Tomkins, A. J., & Bornstein, B. H. (2016). On the influence of trust in predicting rural land owner cooperation with natural resource management institutions. Journal of Trust Research, 6(1), 37-62.

Chilenski, S. M., Perkins, D. F., Olson, J., Hoffman, L., Feinberg, M. E., Greenburg, M., Welsh, J., Crowley, D. M., & Spoth, R. (2016). The power of a collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and community prevention teams: A correlational and longitudinal study. Evaluation and Program Planning, 54, 19-29.

Walters, R. W., & Hoffman, L. (2016). Multilevel Modeling. The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging, 1-5. Wiley-Blackwell. DOI:10.1002/9781118521373.wbeaa286 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118521373.wbeaa286

Davidson, C. A., Hoffman, L., & Spaulding, W. D. (2016). Schizotypal personality questionnaire – brief revised (updated): An update of norms, factor structure, and item content in a large non-clinical young adult sample. Psychiatry Research, 238, 345-355. DOI:10.1016/j.psychres.2016.01.053 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2016.01.053

Hoffman, L. (2015). Longitudinal analysis: Modeling within-person fluctuation and change, New York NY: Taylor & Francis.

Maldonado, R. C., DiLillo, D., & Hoffman, L. (2015). Can college students alter their intimate partner aggression-risk behaviors using emotion regulation strategies? An examination using I3 Theory. Psychology of Violence, 5(1), 46-55.

Watkins, L., DiLillo, D., Hoffman, L., & Templin, J. (2015). Do emotional reactivity and self-control depletion contribute to intimate partner aggression? A lab-based study. Psychology of Violence, 5(1), 35-45.

Jaffe, A. E., DiLillo, D., Hoffman, L., Haikalis, M. L., & Dytstra, R. E. (2015). Does it hurt to ask? A meta-analysis of participant reaction to trauma research. Clinical Psychology Review, 40, 40-56.

Rice, M. L., & Hoffman, L. (2015). Predicting vocabulary growth in children with and without Specific Language Impairment (SLI): A longitudinal study from 2 ½ to 21 years of age. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 58, 345-359.

Cushing, C. C., Walters, R. W., & Hoffman, L. (2014). Aggregated N-of-1 Randomized Controlled Trials: Modern Data Analytics Applied to a Clinically Valid Method of Intervention Effectiveness. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 138-150.

Robitaille, A., Muniz, G., Lindwall, M., Piccinin, A. M., Hoffman, L., Johansson, B., & Hofer, S. M. (2014). Physical activity and cognitive functioning in the oldest old: Within- and between-person cognitive and psychosocial mediators. European Journal of Aging, 11, 333-347.

Deutsch, A. R, Hoffman, L., & Wilcox, B. L (2014). Sexual self-concept: testing a hypothetical model for men and women. Journal of Sex Research, 51(8), 932-945. DOI:10.1080/00224499.2013.805315

Watkins, L., Jaffe, A. E., Hoffman, L., Gratz, K. L., Messman-Moore, T. L., & DiLillo, D. (2014). The longitudinal impact of intimate partner aggression and relationship status on women's physical health and depression symptoms. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(5), 655-665.

Hamm, J. A., Pytlik Zillig, L. M., Herian, M. N., Bornstein, B. H., Tomkins, A. J., & Hoffman, L. (2013). Deconstructive public confidence in state courts. Journal of Trust Research, 3(1), 11-31.

Gervais, S. J., & Hoffman, L. (2013). Just think about it: Mindfulness, sexism, and prejudice towards feminists. Sex Roles, 68(5), 283-295.

Robitaille, A., Piccinin, A. M., Muniz, G., Hoffman, L., Johansson, B., Deeg, D. J. H., Comijs, H. C., & Hofer, S. M. (2013). Longitudinal mediation of processing speed on aging-related changes in memory and fluid intelligence. Psychology and Aging, 28, 887-901.

Templin, J. L., & Hoffman, L. (2013). Obtaining diagnostic classification model estimates using
Mplus. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 32(2), 37-50.

Hoffman, L. (2012). Considering alternative metrics of time: Does anybody really know what “time” is? In H. Harring & G. Hancock (Eds.), Advances in Longitudinal Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (pp. 255-287). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

DeVeney, S. L., Hoffman, L., & Cress, C. J. (2012). Communication-based assessment of developmental age for children at risk for nonspeaking. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 55, 695-709.

Kurebayashi, K., Hoffman, L., Ryan, C. S., & Murayama, A. (2012). Japanese and American perceptions of group entitativity and autonomy: A multilevel analysis. Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43(2), 349-365.

Hoffman, L., Templin, J., & Rice, M. L. (2012). Linking outcomes from Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test forms using item response modeling. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 55, 754-763.

Kwon, K., Lease, A. M., & Hoffman, L. (2012). The impact of clique membership on children’s peer nominations. Social Development, 21(1), 150-169.

Mills, M., Hollingworth, A., van der Stigchel, S., Hoffman, L., & Dodd, M. D. (2011). Examining the influence of task set on eye movements and fixations. Journal of Vision, 11(8), 1-15.

Hoffman, L., Hofer, S. M., & Sliwinski, M. J. (2011). On the confounds among retest gains and age-cohort differences in the estimation of within-person change in longitudinal studies: A simulation study. Psychology and Aging, 26(4), 778-791.

Kemper, S., Hoffman, L., Schmalzried, R., Herman, R., & Kieweg, D. (2011). Tracking talking: Dual task costs of planning and producing speech for young versus older adults. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 18(3), 257-279.

McDowd, J. M., Hoffman, L., Rozek, E., Lyons, K., Pahwa, R., Burns, J., & Kemper, S. (2011). Understanding verbal fluency in healthy aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychology, 25(2), 210-225.

Sliwinski, M. J., Hoffman, L., & Hofer, S. M. (2010). Modeling retest and aging effects in a measurement burst design. In P. J. Molenaar & K. M. Newel (Eds.), Individual pathways of change: Statistical models for analyzing learning and development (pp. 37-50). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Kemper, S., Schmalzried, R., Hoffman, L., & Herman, R. (2010). Aging and vulnerability of speech production to dual task demands. Psychology and Aging, 25(4), 949-962.

Sliwinski, M. J., Hoffman, L., & Hofer, S. M. (2010). Evaluating convergence of within-person change and between-person age differences in age-heterogeneous longitudinal studies. Research in Human Development, 7(1), 45-60.

Hoffman, L., & McDowd, J. M. (2010). Simulator driving performance predicts accident reports five years later. Psychology and Aging, 25(3), 741-745.

Hofer, S. M., Gray, K. M., Piccinin, A. M., Mackinnon, A., Bontempo, D. E., Einfeld, S. L., Hoffman, L., Parmenter, T., & Tonge, B. J. (2009). Correlated and coupled within-person change in emotional and behavior disturbance in individuals with intellectual disability. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 114(5), 307-321.

Savage, J. S., Hoffman, L., & Birch, L. L. (2009). Dieting, restraint, and disinhibition predict women’s weight change over six years. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90, 33-40.

Rice, M. L., Hoffman, L., & Wexler, K. (2009). Judgments of omitted BE and DO in questions as extended finiteness clinical markers of SLI to fifteen years: A study of growth and asymptote. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 52, 1417-1433.

Hoffman, L., & Stawski, R. (2009). Persons as contexts: Evaluating between-person and within-person effects in longitudinal analysis. Research in Human Development, 6(2-3), 97-100.

Ingeborg Berg, A., Hoffman, L., Hassing, L. B., McClearn, G. E., & Johansson, B. (2009). What matters, and what matters most for change in life satisfaction in the oldest-old? A study over six years among individuals 80+. Aging and Mental Health, 13(2), 191-201.

McDowd, J. M., & Hoffman, L. (2008). Challenges in attention: Measures, methods, and applications. In S. M. Hofer & D. Alwin (Eds.), Interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 122-133). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Dotterer, A. M., Hoffman, L., Crouter, A. C., & McHale, S. M. (2008). A longitudinal examination of the bi-directional links between academic achievement and parent-adolescent conflict. Journal of Family Issues, 29, 762-779.

Hofer, S. M., & Hoffman, L. (2007). Statistical analysis with incomplete data in the context of the ecological model. In T. D. Little, J. A. Bovaird, & N. A. Card (Eds.), Modeling contextual effects in longitudinal studies (pp. 13-32). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Kolanowski, A., Hoffman, L., & Hofer, S. M. (2007). Concordance of self-report and informant assessment of emotional well-being in nursing home residents with dementia. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 62B(1), 20-27.

Penrod, J., Yorgason, J., Loeb, S. J., Liu, C. F., Hoffman, L., Gueldner, S. H., & Poon, L. W. (2007). Ecological momentary assessment of older women’s health. Journal of Theory Construction and Testing, 11(2), 67-72.

Hoffman, L. (2007). Multilevel models for examining individual differences in within-person variation and covariation over time. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 42(4), 609-629.

Hoffman, L., & Rovine, M. J. (2007). Multilevel models for experimental psychologists:
Foundations and illustrative examples. Behavior Research Methods, 39(1), 101-117.

Locker, L., Hoffman, L., & Bovaird, J. (2007). On the use of multilevel modeling in the analysis of psycholinguistic data. Behavior Research Methods, 39(4), 723-730.

Harel, O., Hofer, S. M., Hoffman, L., Schafer, J. l, Pedersen, N., & Johansson, B. (2007). Population inference with mortality and attrition in longitudinal studies. Experimental Aging Research, 33(2), 187-203.

Yorgason, J. B., Almeida, D., Neupert, S., Spiro, A., & Hoffman, L. (2006). A dyadic examination of daily health symptoms and emotional well-being in later life couples. Family Relations, 55, 613-624.

Hoffman, L., Marquis, J. G., Poston, D. J., Summers, J. A. S., & Turnbull, A. P. (2006). Assessing family outcomes: Psychometric evaluation of the Family Quality of Life Scale. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68, 1069-1083.

Hofer, S. M., Flaherty, B. P., & Hoffman, L. (2006). Cross-sectional analysis of time-dependent data: Mean-induced association in age-heterogeneous samples and an alternative method based on sequential narrow age-cohort samples. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 41(2), 165-187.

Proctor, D. N., Fouth, E., Hoffman, L., Hofer, S. M., Berg, S., & Johansson, B. (2006). Longitudinal change in physical functional performance in the oldest old: Insight from a study of Swedish twins. Aging: Clinical and Experimental Research, 18(6), 517-530.

Rice, M. L., Redmond, S. M., & Hoffman, L. (2006). Mean length of utterance in children with specific language impairment and younger control children shows concurrent validity, stable and parallel growth trajectories. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 49, 793-808.

Hoffman, L., Yang, X., Bovaird, J. A., & Embretson, S. E. (2006). Measuring attention in older adults: Development and psychometric evaluation of DriverScan. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 66, 984-1000.

Einfeld, S., Piccinin, A. M., Mackinnon, A., Hofer, S. M., Taffe, J., Gray, K. M., Bontempo, D. E., Hoffman, L., Parmenter, T., & Tonge, B. J. (2006). Psychopathology in young people with intellectual disability. Journal of the American Medical Association, 296(16), 1981-1989.

Schrauf, R. W., & Hoffman, L. (2006). The effects of revisionism on remembered emotion: The valence of voluntary immigrants’ pre-migration autobiographical memories. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20, 1-19.

Summers, J. A., Poston, D. J., Turnbull, A. P., Marquis, J. G., Hoffman, L., Mannan, H., & Wang, M. (2005). Conceptualizing and measuring family quality of life. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 49(10), 777-783.

Yamhure Thompson, L., Snyder, C. R., Hoffman, L., Michael, S. T., Rasmussen, H. N., & Billings, L. S. (2005). Dispositional forgiveness of self, others, and situations. Journal of Personality, 73(2), 313-360.

Summers, J. A., Hoffman, L., Marquis, J., Turnbull, A. P., Poston, D. P., & Nelson, L. G. L. (2005). Measuring the quality of family-professional partnerships in special education services. Exceptional Children, 72(1), 65-81.

Summers, J. A., Hoffman, L., Marquis, J., & Turnbull, A. P. (2005). Relationship between parent satisfaction regarding partnerships with professionals and age of child. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 25(1), 48-58.

Hoffman, L., McDowd, J. M., Atchley, P., & Dubinsky, R. (2005). The role of visual attention in predicting driving impairment in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 20(4), 610-622.

Atchley, P., & Hoffman, L. (2004). Aging and visual masking: Sensory and attentional factors. Psychology and Aging, 19(1), 57-67.

Rice, M. L., Tomblin, J. B., Hoffman, L., Richman, W. A., & Marquis, J. (2004). Grammatical tense deficits in children with SLI and nonspecific language impairment: Relationships with nonverbal IQ over time. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 47(4), 816-834.

Park, J., Hoffman, L., Marquis, J., Turnbull, A. P., Poston, D., Mannan, H., Wang, M., & Nelson, L. G. L. (2003). Toward assessing family outcomes of service delivery: Validation of a Family Quality of Life Survey. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 47(5), 367-384.

Atchley, P., Jones, S. E., & Hoffman, L. (2003). Visual marking: A convergence of goal and stimulus driven processes during visual search. Perception & Psychophysics, 65(5), 667-677.

Professor Hoffman earned her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. She most recently served as an associate professor and director of the Cognitive and Quantitative Psychology Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research interests include examining and thoughtfully disseminating how developments in quantitative psychology can best be utilized to advance empirical work in cognitive psychology and human development. 

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