Faculty Profile: Louis Hoffman

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Louis Hoffman

School: Clinical Psychology

Bio:
Dr. Louis Hoffman received his PhD from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. His primary areas of interest include existential psychology and therapy, poetry and healing, spiritual and religious issues in psychotherapy and mental health, diversity issues, and philosophical issues in psychology. Dr. Hoffman also regularly travels to China, often bringing students along, to engage in dialogues, consult, and give presentations relevant to existential psychology and the psychology of religion. An active writer and researcher, Dr. Hoffman continues to be active in research, primarily qualitative. His recent research projects have focused on the way people experience god or the transcendant, particularly focusing on cultural and diversity issues.

Dr. Hoffman is the author/editor of five books, including Existential Psychology East-West, Brilliant Sanity: Buddhist Approaches to Psychotherapy, and Spirituality and Psychological Health. He also also contributed chapters to many volumes, including Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy: Guideposts to the Core of Practice, Whole Person Healthcare, and Explaining Evil. He serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and PsycCRITIQUES. Additionally, he is the president of the Society of Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association.

More information on his teaching and coursework is available at:
http://www.louis-hoffman-virtualclassroom.com and
http://saybrook.academia.edu/LouisHoffman
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Louis_Hoffman

Dr. Hoffman's full vita is available at:
http://www.louis-hoffman-virtualclassroom.com/Publications_Page/Louis_Hoffman_Vita.pdf"

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

Hoffman, L., Cleare-Hoffman, H. P., Granger, N. Jr., Jackson, T., St. John, D., & Vallejos, L. (2014, March). What Trayvon Martin could mean for humanistic psychology: Practical and clinical implications. Panel to be presented at the 7th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference, Palo Alto, CA.

 

Kass, S., Hoffman, L., Fehl, S., & Hershman, C. (2014, March). The new existentialists: Re-envisioning our being-in-the-world. Panel to be presented at the 7th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference, Palo Alto, CA.

 

Rubin, S., Hoffman, L., Cleare-Hoffman, H. P., Lichtanski, K., & Valdvia, V., (2014, March). Sex in humanistic psychology and psychotherapy: A community roundtable discussion. Panel to be presented at the 7th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference, Palo Alto, CA.

 

Schneider, K. J., Jackson, T., Tong, B., Magee, R., & Hoffman, L. (2014, March). An existential – social-activist dialogue. Panel to be presented at the 7th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference, Palo Alto, CA.

 

Hoffman, L. (2014, August). Microaggressions within humanistic psychology. In L. Hoffman & D. St. John (Co-Chairs), Multiculturalism, microaggressions, and dignity: Exploring existential-humanistic psychology and diversity. Symposium presented at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

 

Yang, M., & Hoffman, L. (2014, August). Training and practice in an international context. In C. N. Shealy (Chair), International humanistic psychology: Implications and applications for research and practice. Symposium presented at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

Fuller Theological Seminary - Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA
PhD in Clinical Psychology, September, 2001 (APA Accredited)

 

Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA
Completed 18 additional hours in religious, spiritual, and cultural diversity; ethics; and theology.

 

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA,
MA in Theology, September, 1999

 

Fuller Theological Seminary - Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA,
MA in Psychology, June, 1997

 

Concordia University, Seward, NE
BA in Psychology and Theology, May, 1995

 

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Supplementary coursework in psychology while attending Concordia University

Current Projects and Professional Activities

Hoffman, L., Dias, J., McInerny, R., & Thrash, C. (submitted for publication). Using neuropsychology to enhance existential therapy.
 

Current Publications

Hoffman, L., Hoffman, J. L., Hoffman, J. L. S., & Cleare-Hoffman, H. P. (2010). Culture, religion, and spirituality: How spirituality saved religion. In J. H. Ellens (Ed.), The healing power of spirituality: How faith helps humans thrive (Vol. 2: Religion; pp. 191-206). Westport, CT: Praeger.

 

Hoffman, L., Moriarty, G., & Williamson, N. (2010). The dynamics of religious experience and psychological health: An existential-psychodynamic perspective. In J. H. Ellens (Ed.), The healing power of spirituality: How faith helps humans thrive (Vol. 3: Psychodynamics; pp. 147-170). Westport, CT: Praeger.
 

 

Hoffman, L. (2012). Religious experience, development, and diversity. Pastoral Psychology, 61, 1025-1035. DOI 10.1007/s11089-011-0403-2

 

Hoffman, L. (2012). An existential-phenomenological approach to the psychology of religion. Pastoral Psychology, 61, 783-795. DOI 10.1007/s11089-011-0393-0

 

Hoffman, L. (2012). Religious experience in a cross-cultural and interfaith context: Limitations and possibilities. Pastoral Psychology, 61, 809-822. DOI: 10.1007/s11089-011-0394-z

 

Helminiak, D., Hoffman, L., & Dodson, E., (2012). A critique of the “theistic psychology” movement as exemplified in Bartz (2009) “Theistic Existential Psychology.” The Humanistic Psychologist, 40, 179-196. DOI: 10.1080/08873267.2012.672351

 

Hoffman, L. & Cleare-Hoffman, H. P. (2011). Existential therapy and emotions: Lessons from cross-cultural exchange. The Humanistic Psychologist, 39, 261-267.

 

Hoffman, L., Lopez, A., & Moats, M. (2013). Humanistic psychology and self-acceptance. In M. Bernard (Ed.), The strength of self-acceptance: Theory, research, and practice (pp. 3-17). New York: NY: Springer.

 

 

Hoffman, L., Warner, H. J., Gregory, C., & Fehl, S. (2011). Existential-integrative perspectives on the psychology of evil. In J. H. Ellens (Ed.), Explaining evil (Vol. 3: Approaches, responses, solutions; pp. 263-286). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

 

Hoffman, L., Richards, R., & Pritzker, R. (2013). Creativity and the evolution of humanistic psychology. In R. House, D, Kalisch, & J. Maidman (Eds.), The future of humanistic psychology (pp. 8-16). Ross-on-Wye, UK: PCCS Books.

 

Hoffman, L. & Thelen, M. (2010). William James and the fight for science. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 50, 430-439. DOI: 10.1177/0022167810373397
 

 

Significant Publications

Hoffman, L. (2009). Knowing and the unknown: An existential epistemology in a postmodern context. Humana.Mente, 11, 97-110.

 

Hoffman, L., Warner, H. J., Gregory, C., & Fehl, S. (2011). Existential-integrative perspectives on the psychology of evil. In J. H. Ellens (Ed.), Explaining evil (Vol. 3: Approaches, responses, solutions; pp. 263-286). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

 

Hoffman, L. & Thelen, M. (2010). William James and the fight for science. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 50, 430-439. DOI: 10.1177/0022167810373397

 

Hoffman, L., Hoffman, J. L., Hoffman, J. L. S., & Cleare-Hoffman, H. P. (2010). Culture, religion, and spirituality: How spirituality saved religion. In J. H. Ellens (Ed.), The healing power of spirituality: How faith helps humans thrive (Vol. 2: Religion; pp. 191-206). Westport, CT: Praeger.

 

Hoffman, L. & Cleare-Hoffman, H. P. (2011). Existential therapy and emotions: Lessons from cross-cultural exchange. The Humanistic Psychologist, 39, 261-267.

 

Hoffman, L. (2012). Religious experience in a cross-cultural and interfaith context: Limitations and possibilities. Pastoral Psychology, 61, 809-822. DOI: 10.1007/s11089-011-0394-z

 

Hoffman, L., Yang, M., Chan, A., & Kaklauskas, F. (Eds.). (2009). Existential psychology East-West. Colorado Springs, CO: University of the Rockies Press.
(Contracted to be translated into Chinese through the China Machine Press)

 

Kaklauskas, F., Nimanheminda, S., Hoffman, L., & Jack, M. (Eds.). (2008). Brilliant sanity: Buddhist approaches to psychotherapy. Colorado Springs, CO: University of the Rockies Press.
 

 

Moriarty, G. & Hoffman, L. (Eds.). (2007). The God image handbook for spiritual counseling and psychotherapy: Theory, research, and practice. New York, NY: Haworth Press. The book will also be co-published as a special issues of the Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 9 (3/4).
 

 

Cox, R. H., Cox, B., & Hoffman, L. (Eds.). (2005). Spirituality and psychological health. Colorado Springs, CO: Colorado Professional School of Psychology Press.

 

Important Conference Presentations

Hoffman, L. (2013, September). Humanistic psychology, Buddhism, and health. Keynote at The Heart of Buddha: Humanistic Psychology and Maitreya Buddhism Conference, Fenghua, China. 

 

Hoffman, L. (2013, August). Multiculturalism, epistemological diversity, language: Embracing poetry and science to advance psychology (Society for Humanistic Psychology Presidential Address). Invited paper presented at the 121st Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

 

Hoffman, L, Cleare-Hoffman, H. P. & Vallejo, L. (2013, August). Existential issues in trauma: Assessment and treatment. In I. A. Serlin (Chair), Developing resiliency: Compassion fatigue and regeneration. Symposium presented at the 121st Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI. 

 

Cleare-Hoffman, H. P., Hoffman, L., & Wilson, S. S. (2013, August). Existential therapy, culture, and therapist factors in evidence-based practice. In K. Keenan (Chair), Evidence in support of existential-humanistic psychotherapy: Revitalizing the third force. Symposium presented at the 121st Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI. 

 

Hoffman, L., Clark, J., Dawn, H., Merchant, D., Smylie, T., Thomas-Franklin, M., Washa, T., Washington, K., & Wilson, S. (2013, February/March). Multicultural variations in the experience and expression of authenticity: Implications for therapy and practice. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference, Santa Barbara, CA. 

 

Hoffman, L. Dias, J., & Soholm, H. C. (2012, August). Existential-humanistic therapy as a model for evidence-based practice. In S. Rubin (Chair), Evidence in support of existential-humanistic psychology: Revitalizing the ‘third force.’ Symposium presented at the 120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

 

Hoffman, L. (2012, May). Honoring the individual and the collective in existential psychotherapy. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Existential Psychology, Shanghai, China. 

 

Hoffman, L. (2012, March/April). Fatherhood: The heightening of one’s existence. In R. McInerney (Chair), Fatherhood: Personal, existential, and communal. Symposium presented at the 5th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. Caron, N., Davis, C., Doheny, K., Dunn, C., Kaggie, A., Martin, M., Merchant, D., Miller, S. Park, H., Waugh, D., & Hoffman, L. (2012, March/April). The experience of being humanistic in practicum and internship training in psychology: Survey results and implications. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Hoffman, L. & Cleare-Hoffman, H. P. (2011, November). Existential therapy in a Bahamian context. Paper presented at the 2011 Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology, Nassau, Bahamas.

 

Cleare-Hoffman, H. P. & Hoffman, L. (2011, November). Bahamians in cross-cultural marriages: Implications for marriage/family therapy. Paper presented at the Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology, Nassau, Bahamas.

 

Hoffman, L., Lincoln, J., & Johnson, C. (2011, August). A phenomenological investigation of conversion therapy. In L. Hoffman & J. Lincoln (Chairs), The impact of religion and religious issues on lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Symposium presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

 

Hoffman, L. (2011, August). Diversity and existence: The existential frontiers of diversity. In D. N. Elkins (Chair), The new existential-humanistic psychology: Science, diversity, awe, and spirituality. Symposium presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

 

Suri, R., Hoffman, L., Fehl, S. & Kaed, R. (2011, August). A phenomenological investigation of the God image and religious diversity. In L. Hoffman & G. Moriarty (Chairs), God image research and applications. Symposium presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

 

Hoffman, L. (2011, April). Lessons without words. In. T. Claypool & L. Hoffman (Co-Chairs), Teaching through being and other relational factors in teaching and mentoring – Unwritten history: The contributions of Emory G. Cowan, Jr. and Susan Cooper to existential psychology. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference, Chicago, IL. 

 

Hoffman, L. & Dyer Trash, J. C. (2010, August). Using neuropsychology to enhance existential psychotherapy. In L. Hoffman (Chair), Neuropsychology, health psychology, and existential psychology: Creating dialog. Symposium presented at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA. 

Research Interests

  • Existential Psychology and Therapy
  • Spiritual and Religious Experience
  • LGBT Issues
  • Cultural Diversity
  • International Psychology
  • The Use of the Arts (particularly poetry) in therapy & healing

Research Expertise

I have chaired and served on dissertations committees that were qualitative, quantitative, program development, and theoretical previously, though my preference is to work with qualitative and theoretical dissertations. I am comfortable working with a wide array of qualitative methods. 

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

  1. Each year I travel to China focusing on existential psychology. Traditionally, I will take a couple of Saybrook students along each year. If interested, it is best to contact me early in the year.
  2. I regularly invite students to collaborate on writing projects as a way of mentoring into professional writing. If interested, send me an Email with some information about your interests.

For more information about publications and professional activities, including copies of some of my papers, you can view my teaching websiteacademia.edu webpage, or ResearchGate webpage

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical 4
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods 5

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research 5
Interview Research 5
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Ethnography
Focus Groups 4
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods 1
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis 1
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods 1
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research 1
Hermeneutics 1
Grounded Theory 5
Phenomenology 5
Heuristic Research 3

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression) 5
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis 5
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Nonparametrics
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis 5
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling