Matt D. Hoffmann, PhD
Office: KHS 245
Tel: (657) 278-3316
Dr. Matt Hoffmann joined the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton in 2020. His expertise falls within the broad area of sport and exercise psychology. He began studying sport performance through the lens of (social) psychology when he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Sport Psychology from Laurentian University (Sudbury, Canada). Following this, he earned a Masters of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor (Windsor, Canada). He then obtained a PhD in Kinesiology (specialization in sport psychology), again from the University of Windsor. Next, he completed a joint Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada) and Cape Breton University (Nova Scotia, Canada). He went on to gain further research experience in positions at the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Department of National Defence. Dr. Hoffmann presents his work at national and international conferences (e.g., North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity; European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology) and has published his research in journals such as Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, and Journal of Sports Sciences. He is a sports enthusiast, likes being outdoors, and enjoys cooking.
Dr. Hoffmann is primarily interested in examining the nature and benefits of high-quality peer athlete mentoring relationships. Relatedly, he investigates how athletes exhibit effective leadership behaviors, including the ways in which leadership is often distributed among team members. Additional interests include the home (dis)advantage phenomenon (particularly in ice hockey), coaching in Masters athletics and the psychosocial experiences of Masters athletes, and questionnaire development and validation.