Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Physical Therapy, University of Miami, 2008
  • M.S., Physical Therapy, University of Miami, 2000
  • B.S., Biology, University of Puget Sound, 1998


Certifications and Expertise

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) - Pediatric, Neurologic and Education Sections

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests
  • Interventions that promote recovery of function in children and adults with neurological disorders.
  • Teaching clinical decision making

Recent Publications

Hoffman, L., & Field-Fote, E. (2013). Effects of practice combined with somatosensory or motor stimulation on hand function in persons with spinal cord injury. Topics In Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 19(4), 288–299. doi:10.1310/sci1904-288

Hoffman, L. R. & Field-Fote, E. C. (2010). Functional and corticomotor changes in individuals with cervical spinal cord injury following either unimanual or bimanual massed practice training: a pilot study. Accepted for publication 9/10 in: Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy.

Recent Presentations

Hoffman, L, Footer, C., Winkler, P. and Smith M. (2011). Teaching Clinical Decision Making: A Module for Curriculum Development for the Examination and Evaluation of Clients with Neuromuscular Conditions. World Confederations of Physical Therapy. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Footer, C.B., Hoffman, L., Smith, M.B., (June 12, 2011) Clinical Decision Making: A Module for Curriculum Development for the Selection and Progression of Interventions for Clients with Neuromuscular Conditions, World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Hoffman, L., Bondurant, D., Fournier, R., Harvey, J., Juarez, M., Lauren McCollough, Erin McGuinn, Sara Scalisi, (2011). The combination of somatosensory stimulation enhances the outcome of repetitive task practice on hand function in children with hemiplegia: a case series. Combined Sections National Physical Therapy Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.