LaVae M. Hoffman

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. University of Minnesota at Duluth
  • B.A.S. University of Minnesota at Duluth

Dr. LaVae Hoffman is an Associate Professor of Speech Language Pathology and a member of the University Academy of Teaching.  She specializes in child language development and disorders. Her research interests include the efficacy and effectiveness of language interventions, as well as developing measures of language abilities in children.  She regularly presents to practicing speech-language pathologists on topics related to the academic success of children with language deficits, such as Response to Intervention, narrative assessment, literature-based language intervention, dynamic assessment, and information processing. Dr. Hoffman's recent research projects have included an assessment of evidenced-based practices in speech language pathology in public schools across the nation, analyses of narrative language skills, and investigating the psychometric properties of oral language measures with school aged children who have language disorders. Dr. Hoffman also serves as core faculty in Leaders for Tomorrow's Children, a doctoral training program in Early Childhood Special Education that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Her primary development initiative is funding her Child Language Disorders Laboratory.

Prior to coming to UVA, Dr. Hoffman served as a research coordinator for an NIH funded multi-year, multi-site, randomized controlled trial research project which investigated language intervention with school age children.  Currently, she chairs the Coordinating Committee of ASHA's Special Interest Group 1:  Language Learning and Education, and also serves the profession as an associate editor for the peer-reviewed journal Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools.

Research Interests


Dr. Hoffman specializes in language development and disorders in children. Her research interests include cognition, attention, and language issues in preschool and school age children, the efficacy of intervention, and research-based support for parents of children with language deficits who are experiencing limited academic success. The quality and impact of her research has been nationally recognized via American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Editor's Awards for two publications:

Hoffman, L. M., Ireland, M., Hall-Mills, S., & Flynn, P. (2013). Evidence based speech-language pathology practices in schools: Findings from a national survey. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 44, 266-280.

Gillam, R. B., Frome Loeb, D., Hoffman, L. M., Bohman, T., Champlin, C. A., Thibodeau, L., Widen, J., Brandel, J., & Friel-Patti, S. (2008). Efficacy of Fast ForWord-Language intervention in school-age children with language impairment:  A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 51, 97-119. .