Louis Hoffman, PhD (UPP Author)

Louis Hoffman, PhD is a faculty member at Saybrook University and licensed psychologist who serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Humanistic PsychologyThe Humanistic PsychologistJanus Head, and PsycCRITIQUES: APA Review of Books. He is a past president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Division 32) and Current President of the Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association. Dr. Hoffman has over 10 books to his credit as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters on various topics including existential psychology, LGBT issues, multicultural issues in psychotherapy, religious and spiritual issues in psychotherapy, spiritual emergencies, and philosophical issues in psychology. Dr. Hoffman is also a co-founder of the International Institute for Existential-Humanistic Psychology and serves on the board of The Humanitarian Alliance and the Coalition for Compassion and Action.

Awards & Honors

  • Chief Academic Officer’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors, University of the Rockies, October, 2008
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association (Awarded 2015)
  • Fellow, Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association; Awarded 2015)
  • Fellow, Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (Society 10 of the American Psychological Association, Awarded, 2016)
  • Fellow, Division 52 of the American Psychological Association (International Psychology; Awarded 2016)
  • Featured in Article: “Louis Hoffman and the Art of International Dialogue” by Jason Dias, Trent Claypool, Michael Moats, and Elva Hoxie published in NeuroQuantology, Volume 9, 2011.

Books by Dr. Hoffman

Our Last Walk: Using Poetry for Grieving and Remembering Our Pets (Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series) by Louis Hoffman, Michael Moats, and Tom Greening. Published by University Professors Press. PURCHASE HERE

Journey of the Wounded Soul: Poetic Companions for Spiritual Struggles (Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series) by Louis Hoffman & Steve Fehl. Published by University Professors Press. PURCHASE HERE

Shadows & Light: Theory, Research, and Practice in Transpersonal Psychology (Vols. 1 & 2) by Francis J. Kaklauskas, Carla J. Clements, Dan Hocoy, and Louis Hoffman. Published by University Professors Press. PURCHASE HERE

Capturing Shadows: Poetic Encounters Along the Path of Grief and Loss (Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series) by Louis Hoffman & Michael Moats. Published by University Professors Press. PURCHASE HERE

Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives About Multiculturalism and Diversity (Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series) by Louis Hoffman & Nathaniel Granger. Published by University Professors Press. PURCHASE HERE

Toward a Christian Clinical Psychology: The Contributions of H. Newton Malony by Louis Hoffman. Published by Wipf & Stock (Originally published by Fuller Seminary Press).

Existential Psychology East-West by Louis Hoffman, Mark Yang, Francis J. Kaklauskas & Albert Chan. Published by University of the Rockies Press.

Brilliant Sanity: Buddhist Approaches to Psychotherapy by Francis J. Kaklauskas, Susan Nimanheminda, Louis Hoffman, Nad MacAndrew Jack. Published by University of the Rockies Press.

The God Image Handbook for Spiritual Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice by Glendon Moriarty & Louis Hoffman. Published by Rutledge (Originally published by Haworth Press).

Spirituality and Psychological Health by Richard H. Cox, Betty Ervin-Cox, and Louis Hoffman. Published by the Colorado School of Professional Psychology Press.

Important Articles

Yakushko, O., Hoffman, L., Morgan Consoli, M., & Lee, G. (2016). On methods, methodologies, and continued colonization of knowledge in the study of “ethnic minorities:” Comment on Hall et al. (2016). American Psychologist, 71, 890-891.

Hoffman, L., Granger, N., Jr., & Mansilla, M. (2016). Multiculturalism and meaning in existential and positive psychology. In P. Russo-Netzer, S. E. Schulenberg, & A. Batthyany (Eds.). Clinical perspectives on meaning: Positive and existential psychology (pp. 111-130). New York, NY: Springer.

Hoffman, L., Granger, N. Jr., Vallejos, L., & Moats, M. (2016). An existential-humanistic perspective on Black Lives Matter and contemporary protest movements. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0022167816652273

Hoffman, L. (2016). Multiculturalism and humanistic psychology: From neglect to epistemological and ontological diversity. The Humanistic Psychologist, 44, 56-71.

Hoffman, L., Vallejos, L., Cleare-Hoffman, H. P., & Rubin, S. (2015). Emotion, relationship, and meaning as core existential practice: Evidence-based foundations. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 45, 11-20. doi: 10.1007/s10879-014-9277-9.

Hoffman, L., Cleare-Hoffman, H. P., & Jackson, T. (2014). Humanistic psychology and multiculturalism: History, current status, and advancements. In K. J. Schneider, J. F. Pierson & J. F. T. Bugental (Eds.), The handbook of humanistic psychology: Theory, research, and practice (2nd edition; pp. 41-55). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Hoffman, L., Stewart, S., Warren, D., & Meek, L. (2014). Toward a sustainable myth of self: An existential response to the postmodern condition. In K. J. Schneider, J. F. Pierson & J. F. T. Bugental (Eds.), The handbook of humanistic psychology: Theory, research, and practice (2nd edition; pp. 105-133). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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., Richards, R., & Pritzker, S. (2012). Creativity and the evolution of humanistic psychology. Self and Society, 40, 10-15.

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.

A more comprehensive list of Dr. Hoffman’s journal articles and book chapters can be found on Academia.edu and Research Gate (links below) our on his full Curriculum Vita.


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Research Gate