Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Hoffman, Lynn

  • Rajeswari Natrajan-TyagiEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_750


Lynn Hoffman


Lynn Hoffman is considered one of the most prominent chroniclers of the history of the field of family therapy. She worked with many of the pioneers and seminal thinkers in the field and recounted one of the most intimate history of the field filled with personal stories in her narrative.


Hoffman attended the Dalton School in NYC on scholarship and went on to graduate from Radcliffe College in 1948. She began learning about family therapy at the Mental Research Institute in 1963 where she edited Virginia Satir’s books. She was inspired by Satir and went on to earn a master’s degree in Social Work at Adelphi University in 1971. She taught at Smith College of Social Work and the Ackerman Institute for the Family until she retired in 2000. Hoffman authored and co-authored many influential books and journals. As a recognition of her contributions, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy presented her its “Lifetime Achievement Award for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Couples and Family Therapy Masters and Doctoral ProgramsCalifornia School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University (Irvine)IrvineUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eli Karam
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA