Wayne State University

Alan Hoffman

Alan  Hoffman
339 Education Building

Office Hours: Fall                                                                                                                                   

Monday: 11a.m. - 3 p.m. (campus)                                             

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (campus)                      

Thursday: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Oakland campus)

(313) 577-1618 office, (248) 613-1767 cell
(313) 577-5235


Ohio University, M.S.Ed., 1966
Major: School Administration
Minor: Guidance and Counseling

The Pennsylvania State University, Ed.D., 1972
Major: Counselor Education
Minor: Psychology


Dr. Hoffman teaches only in the Fall semester (half time) as he has begun a phased retirement which will be fully effective in May, 2015.

Dr. Hoffman is the founder and former Director of the Counseling Psychology Master of Arts degree program. Dr. Hoffman teaches several of the courses in the program such as, Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy, Clinical Internship, and Supervision.

Within the College and University, Dr. Hoffman has twice been the Assistant Dean of the divisions of Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations and Administration and Organizational Studies, tuaght courses in both counseling and counseling psychology, and served many years on the College of Education Personnel Committee.

Academic Interests

Dr. Hoffman's primary academic interest is focused in three areas: marital therapy, individual psychotherapy, and outcome research in the effectiveness of therapy.

Area of Expertise

Dr. Hoffman's area of expertise is marital therapy using Emotional Focused Couple Therapy, Collaborative Couple Therapy, and John Gottman's Sound Marital House. In individual psychotherapy, Dr. Hoffman primarily uses an empathic and attachment based approach, but as almost all other therapists, he is eclectic using cognitive, behavioral and coaching techniques when appropriate.

Research Interests

Self-Determination of adults and adolescents with and without disabilities.

Community Engagement Activities

Dr. Hoffman also served on the Board of Directors of New Passages Behavioral Health and Rehabilitation Services where he held the office of Board Secretary. New Passages was a non-profit organization with an annual budget of over $20,000,000 and strove to provide the best services to those who can not afford them in Oakland, Genesse, and McComb county. In 2010, New Passages Inc. merged with Hope Network from Grand Rapids which is becoming a state-wide service organization.


Demonstration of a model to promote self-determination in elementary settings
2002 - 2006

Awards & Honors

College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award
President's Bonus Award for Extraordinary Service to the University
President's Bonus Award for Extraordinary Service to the University
President's Bonus Award for Extraordinary Service to the University


Self-Determination in Secondary Transition Assessment
Field, S. & Hoffman, A.   2007 Assessment for Effective Intervention 32,3 181-190
Steps to self-determination
Hoffman, A. & Field, S.   2006 Steps to self-determination