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Samantha Hoffman, M.S.

Pronouns: Samantha

Doctoral Student

SDSU / UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
Experimental Psychopathology

San Diego

Areas of Research

Risk Factors, Protective Factors, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Evidence-Based Treatments, Cognitive Outcomes, Behavioral Outcomes, Mental Health Outcomes


My research focuses on identifying risk and protective factors associated with mood and anxiety disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I am primarily interested in the development and optimization of evidence-based treatments to improve cognitive, behavioral, and mental health outcomes within this population.


Charlie Taylor PhD, UC San Diego


  1. Master of Science – MS, Clinical Psychology
    San Diego State University
  2. Bachelor of Science (BS), Physiology & Neuroscience
    University of California San Diego
  1. Hoffman, S.N., Herbert, M.S., Crocker, L.D., DeFord, N.E., Keller, A.V., Jurick, S.M., Sanderson-Cimino, M.E., & Jak, A.J. (2018). The role of pain catastrophizing in cognitive functioning among Veterans with history of mild traumatic brain injury. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 34(4):E61-E66. doi:10.1097/htr.0000000000000453
  2. Jurick, S.M., Hoffman, S.N., Keller, A.V., Evangelista, N.D., DeFord, N.E., Sanderson-Cimino, M.E., Bangen, K.J. Delano-Wood, L., Deoni, S., & Jak, A.J. (2018). Pilot investigation of a novel white matter imaging technique in Veterans with and without history of mild traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury. 32(10), 1255-1264, doi: 10.1080/02699052.2018.1493225
  3. Jurick, S.M., Crocker, L.D., Keller, A.V., Hoffman, S.N., Jacobson, M.W., Jak, A.J. (2018). The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-RF in treatment-seeking Veterans with history of mild traumatic brain injury. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acy048
  4. Merritt, V.C., Jurick, S.M., Crocker, L.D., Hoffman, S.N., Keller, A.V., DeFord, N.E., & Jak, A.J. Evaluation of objective and subjective clinical outcomes in combat veterans with and without mild TBI and PTSD: A four-group design. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. 2019 Sep;41(7):665-679. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2019.1610161. Epub 2019 May 14.
  5. Crocker, L.D., Jurick, S.M., Thomas, K.R., Keller, A.V., Sanderson-Cimino, M., Hoffman, S.N., Boyd, B., Rodgers, C., Norman, S.B., Lang, A.J., Twamley, E.W., & Jak, A.J. Mild traumatic brain injury characteristics do not negatively influence cognitive processing therapy attendance or outcomes. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2019 Sep;116:7-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2019.05.022. Epub 2019 May 24.
  1. University Graduate Fellowship, San Diego State University (2019-2020)