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Valerie R. Hoffman

Clinical Psychologist

Valerie R. Hoffman, Psy.D.


Dr. Valerie Hoffman is an Arizona licensed psychologist who specializes in evaluating and treating children and teens with educational, behavioral, developmental, and social-emotional needs. Dr. Hoffman's early training centered around assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. She received training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapies through the University of California, San Diego and went on to deliver early intervention services for children with autism and developmental disorders. While Dr. Hoffman continues to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, her current practice includes diagnostic assessment and treatment of a variety of presenting concerns, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Attachment Disorders and other needs such as peer troubles/bullying, self esteem, divorce, separation anxiety, and grief/loss issues, among others. Dr. Hoffman also enjoys working with families and has been particularly successful working with parents and teens to improve communication, reduce conflicts, and improve parent-child relationships. She counsels adolescents individually, and as former therapist for children in the juvenile detention center, she has experience working with challenging teens. Her treatment practices are solution focused and skills based utilizing research based therapies such as cognitive behavior therapy and psycho-education. Having former experience working as a preschool teacher, Dr. Hoffman also enjoys working with toddlers and young children. In particular, she enjoys working closely with parents in developing parenting practices that encourage optimal child development while preventing problem behaviors. Finally, Dr. Hoffman's has a special interest in working with families with foster and adopted children, as she completed her doctoral dissertation researching successful characteristics of families with children adopted post-infancy. Dr. Hoffman enjoys active involvement in the professional community and she has served as the president of the Scottsdale Psychological Society and as the secretary of the Children's Services Network, in addition to volunteering and collaborating with agencies that serve children and families, including Arizonan's for Children, RISE Family Services, and Aid to the Adoption of Special Kids.


California School of Professional Psychology
San Diego, CA
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
California School of Professional Psychology
San Diego, CA
M.A. Psychology
University of California San Diego
San Diego, CA
B.S. Psychology


State of Arizona
Board of Psychologist Examiners
License Certificate #PSY388

|Community Service/Offices

2009 - Present
Arizona Neuropsychological Society Secretary
2008 - 2010
Lexis Preparatory School Board of Advisors
2008 - Present
RISE Family Services Collaborator
2008 - Present
Arizonans for Children Consultant
2007 - Present
Scottsdale Psychological Society
2007 - Present
Children's Services Network Secretary

|Clinical Experience

2007 - Present
The Nicholls Group
Scottsdale, Arizona
Licensed Psychologist
2006 - 2007
Health Psychology Associates
Psychology Post - Doctoral Resident
Neuropsychological and educational evaluations
2004 - 2005
Kearny Mesa Juvenile Hall
Psychology Intern
Provided crisis intervention, short term and long therm therapy to adolescent correctional population. Administered and interpreted a variety of psychological assessments.
2003 - 2005
Harmonium, Inc.
Psychology Intern
Provided individual, child, family, and couple therapies to out-patient population. Administered and interpreted projective and objective psychological tests. Provided parent training services. Provided group therapy to adolescents with anger management issues.
2002 - 2003
San Diego Regional Center
Practicum Student- psychology/education unit
Assessment and diagnosis of young children (birth to seven) for developmental delay, Mental Retardation, Autistic Disorder
2001 - 2003
Del Mar School District
Special Education Instructional Assistant
Worked with preschool aged children with autism, mental retardation, and developmental delays. Implemented and tracked individual education programs.Created and implemented informal functional analysis and behavior plans. Used discrete trial treatment for children with autism and behavior disorders. Tracked individual education program goals. Implemented parent training. Participated in clinic meetings with parents and school on a monthly basis.
Peakcare, Inc.
Writer for mental health videos
Wrote parenting and child development scripts for preventative health care.
2001 - 2002
Del Mar School District
In-home discrete trial therapist
Used discrete trial training to meet child's individual education program goals. Tracked individual education program goals. Implemented parent training. Participated in clinic meetings with parents and school on a monthly basis.
1988 - 1999
Preschool Teacher
Planned and implemented class curriculum for infants and toddlers

|Research Experience

2003 - 2006
California School of Professional Psychology
Doctoral Dissertation
Exploring successful attachment outcomes in older adopted children
U.C.S.D. Autism Lab - Dr. Laura Schribemen
Research Assistant
2000 - 2001
U.C.S. D. Research - Dr. Gail Heyman

|Selected Publications, Presentations & Invited Addresses

  • Hoffman, V. "Helping Your Child Series: Becoming a Healing Parent for Your Adopted Child." Presented to Aid to the Adoption of Special Kids (AASK). January 2009.
  • Hoffman, V. "Becoming a Healing Parent: Parenting Your Foster and Adopted Child." Presented to RISE Family Services. November 2008.
  • Hoffman, V. "Attachment and Bonding with Foster and Adopted Children." Presented to RISE Family Services. October 2008, December 2008.
  • Hoffman, V. "Mentoring Children in the Foster Care System." A training sponsored by Arizonans For Children. April 2008, May 2008.
  • Hoffman, V. "Review of Industrial Organizational Psychology." Presented to the Arizona Psychological Association, Training Consortium. Phoenix, AZ. February 2007.
  • Hoffman, V. "Learning Disorders, ADHD, and Accommodations." Presented to parents of Norte Dame High School students. October 2007.
  • Hoffman, V. and Nicholls, C. J. "Learning Disabilities." Presented to Sylvan Learning Center. Scottsdale, AZ. August 2006
  • Hoffman, V. "Strategies for successful parenting of older adopted children." Presented to Aid to the Adoption of Special Kids, at the Lodestar Family Connections Center. Phoenix, AZ. July 2006
  • Hoffman, V. "A qualitative exploration of parents' and children's positive experiences of late adoptions: implications for attachment theory." Presented to the Arizona Adoption Council. Phoenix, AZ. April, 2006.

|Honors and Professional Society Membership

  • The American Psychological Association
  • Arizona Psychological Association
  • Arizona Association for Play Therapists
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Scottsdale Psychological Society
  • Children's Services Network- Officer
  • Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society
  • Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society
  • Associates Degree, National Dean’s List