Lesa Hoffman

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Child Language Doctoral Program, Life Span Institute, Speech-Language-Hearing
Associate Professor/Associate Scientist
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center, 3042
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence KS 66044


Research Interests

  • Quantitative methods
  • Psychometrics
  • Applied statistics

Selected Publications

Walters, R. W., & Hoffman, L. (2017). Applying the hierarchical linear model to longitudinal data [Journal Articles]. Culture and Education, 29, 666–701.
Tuliao, A. P., Hoffman, L., & McChargue, D. E. (2017). Measuring individual differences in responses to date-rape vignettes using latent variable models [Journal Articles]. Aggressive Behavior, 43(1), 60–73. https://doi.org/10.1002/ab.21662
Wasserman, A. M., Crockett, L. J., & Hoffman, L. (2017). Reward seeking and cognitive control: Using the dual systems model to predict adolescent sexual behavior [Journal Articles]. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27, 907–913.
Jaffe, A. E., Steele, A. L., DiLillo, D., Hoffman, L., Gratz, K. L., & Messman-Moore, T. L. (2017). Victim alcohol intoxication during a sexual assault: Relations with subsequent PTSD symptoms [Journal Articles]. Violence and Victims, 32, 642–657.
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 [Journal Articles]. Psychiatry Research, 238, 345–355. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2016.01.053
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. [Journal Articles]. PLOS ONE, 11(4), e0153898.
Walters, R. W., & Hoffman, L. (2016). Multilevel Modeling [Other]. In The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging (pp. 1–5). Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118521373.wbeaa286
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 Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. Evaluation and Program Planning, 54, 19–29.
Hamm, J. A., & Hoffman, L. (2016). Working with covariance: Using higher-order factors in structural equation modeling with trust constructs. [Book Chapters]. In E. Shockley, T. Neal, L. PytlikZillig, & B. Bornstein (Eds.), Interdisciplinary perspectives on trust: Towards theoretical and methodological integration (pp. 85–97). Springer.
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 [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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. [Journal Articles]. Clinical Psychology Review, 40, 40–56.
Hoffman, L. (2015). Longitudinal analysis: Modeling within-person fluctuation and change [Books]. Taylor & Francis.
Rice, M. L., & Hoffman, L. (2015). Predicting vocabulary growth in children with and without Specific Language Impairment (SLI): A longitudinal study from 2;6 to 21 years of age [Journal Articles]. 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 Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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 Articles]. Journal of Sex Research, 51(8), 932–945. https://doi.org/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 Articles]. 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 Articles]. Journal of Trust Research, 3(1), 11–31.
Gervais, S. J., & Hoffman, L. (2013). Just think about it: Mindfulness, sexism, and prejudice towards feminists [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. Psychology and Aging, 28, 887–901.
Templin, J. L., & Hoffman, L. (2013). Obtaining diagnostic classification model estimates using
Mplus [Journal Articles]. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 32(2), 37–50.
DeVeney, S. L., Hoffman, L., & Cress, C. J. (2012). Communication-based assessment of developmental age for children at risk for nonspeaking [Journal Articles]. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 55, 695–709.
Hoffman, L. (2012). Considering alternative metrics of time: Does anybody really know what “time” is? [Book Chapters]. In H. Harring & G. Hancock (Eds.), Advances in Longitudinal Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (pp. 255–287). Information Age Publishing.
Kurebayashi, K., Hoffman, L., Ryan, C. S., & Murayama, A. (2012). Japanese and American perceptions of group entitativity and autonomy: A multilevel analysis [Journal Articles]. 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 Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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 Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. Neuropsychology, 25(2), 210–225.
Kemper, S., Schmalzried, R., Hoffman, L., & Herman, R. (2010). Aging and vulnerability of speech production to dual task demands [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. Research in Human Development, 7(1), 45–60.
Sliwinski, M. J., Hoffman, L., & Hofer, S. M. (2010). Modeling retest and aging effects in a measurement burst design [Book Chapters]. In P. J. Molenaar & K. M. Newel (Eds.), Individual pathways of change: Statistical models for analyzing learning and development (pp. 37–50). American Psychological Association.
Hoffman, L., & McDowd, J. M. (2010). Simulator driving performance predicts accident reports five years later. [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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 Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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+ [Journal Articles]. Aging and Mental Health, 13(2), 191–201.
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 Articles]. Journal of Family Issues, 29, 762–779.
McDowd, J. M., & Hoffman, L. (2008). Challenges in attention: Measures, methods, and applications [Book Chapters]. In S. M. Hofer & D. Alwin (Eds.), Interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 122–133). Sage.
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 Articles]. 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 Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 42(4), 609–629.
Hoffman, L., & Rovine, M. J. (2007). Multilevel models for experimental psychologists:
Foundations and illustrative examples [Journal Articles]. Behavior Research Methods, 39(1), 101–117.
Locker, L., Jr., Hoffman, L., & Bovaird, J. (2007). On the use of multilevel modeling in the analysis of psycholinguistic data [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. Experimental Aging Research, 33(2), 187–203.
Hofer, S. M., & Hoffman, L. (2007). Statistical analysis with incomplete data in the context of the ecological model [Book Chapters]. In T. D. Little, J. A. Bovaird, & N. A. Card (Eds.), Modeling contextual effects in longitudinal studies (pp. 13–32). Erlbaum.
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 [Journal Articles]. 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 Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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 Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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 Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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 Articles]. 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 Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. Psychology and Aging, 20(4), 610–622.
Atchley, P., & Hoffman, L. (2004). Aging and visual masking: Sensory and attentional factors [Journal Articles]. 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 Articles]. 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 Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. Perception & Psychophysics, 65(5), 667–677.
Chilenski, S. M., Welsh, J., Olson, J., Hoffman, L., Perkins, D. F., & Feinberg, M. E. (accepted/in press). Examining the highs and lows of the collaborative relationship between technical assistance providers and prevention implementers [Journal Articles]. Prevention Science.
Rice, M. L., Zubrick, S. R., Taylor, C. L., Hoffman, L., & Gayán, J. (accepted/in press). Longitudinal study of language and speech of twins at 4 and 6 years: Twinning effects decrease, zygosity effects disappear, and heritability increases [Journal Articles]. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research.
Crockett, L. J., Wasserman, A. M., Rudasill, K. M., Hoffman, L., & Kalutskaya, I. (accepted/in press). Temperamental anger and effortful control, teacher-child conflict, and externalizing behavior across the elementary school years [Journal Articles]. Child Development.

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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