Scott Hofer

Scott Hofer
Professor, Harald Mohr, M.D. and Wilhelma Mohr, M.D. Research Chair in Adult Development and Aging.
Office: COR A271

Ph.D. 1994 (USC) joined Department in 2009

Area of expertise

Lifespan development

Scott M. Hofer is Director of the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, Professor of Psychology, and holds the Harald Mohr, M.D. and Wilhelma Mohr, M.D. Research Chair in Adult Development and Aging at the University of Victoria. He is Past President of Division 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods) of the American Psychological Association, Past President of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, and a Fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, American Psychological Association, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Gerontological Society of America, and the Royal Statistical Society. In 2016, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg.

Dr. Hofer’s research has focused on the replicability and generalizability of results from longitudinal studies in the psychological and health sciences, with particular emphasis on integrative data analysis and innovations in study design and measurement. He is Program Director of the NIH-funded Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies on Aging and Dementia (IALSA) research network, comprised of over 130 longitudinal studies, for international comparative research and synthesis of results. He has used intensive measurement designs to evaluate the within-person day-to-day dynamics among cognitive and physical health to better enable the assessment and identification of critical changes in functioning and to increase the potential for effective intervention. As Scientific Lead of the Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative, he and his colleagues are leveraging digital technologies to improve the assessment of neurocognitive and patient-reported outcomes into the home and clinic to enable earlier and more accurate detection of change and improve the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with dementia.

Dr. Hofer's CV.



  • Lifespan development and aging
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Developmental research methods
  • Detection of individual change in functioning

Representative Publications

Yoneda, T., Graham, E.K., Lozinski, T., Bennett, D. A., Mroczek, D. K., Piccinin, A. M., Hofer, S. M., & Muniz-Terrera, G. (in press). Personality traits, cognitive states, and mortality in older adulthood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences

Beauchamp, M.K.; Joshi, D.; McMillan, J.; Erbas Oz, U.; Griffith, L.E.; Basta, N.E.; Kirkland, S.; Wolfson, C.; Raina, P.; Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Team. (2022). Assessment of functional mobility after COVID-19 in adults aged 50 Years or older in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. JAMA Network Open 2022, 5, e2146168

O’Keefe, P., Mann, F. D., Voll, S., Muniz-Terrera, G., Lewis, N., Wanstrom, L., Hofer, S. M., & Rodgers, J. L. (2022). Getting a grip on secular changes: Age-Period-Cohort modeling of grip strength in British data. Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences., 77, 1413-1420.

Graham, E. K., Willroth, E. C., Weston, S. J., Muniz-Terrera, G., Clouston, S. A. P., Hofer, S. M., Mroczek, D., & Piccinin, A., M., (2022). Coordinated integrative data analysis: Knowledge accumulation in lifespan developmental psychology, Psychology & Aging, 37(1), 125–135.

Jenkins, N. D., Hoogendijk, E. O., Armstrong, J. J., Lewis, N. A., Ranson, J. M., Rijnhart, J. J. M., Ahmed, T., Ahmed, G., Mullin, D. S., Ntanasi, E., Welstead, M., Auais, M., Bennett, D. A., Bandinelli, S., Cesari, M., Ferrucci, L., French, S. D., Huisman, M., Llewellyn, D. J., Scarmeas, N., Piccinin, A.M., Hofer, S. M., & Muniz-Terrera, G. (2022). Trajectories of frailty with aging: Coordinated analysis of five longitudinal studies. Innovation in Aging, 2022, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1–11.

Yoneda, T., Marroig, A., Graham, E. K., Willroth, E. C., Watermeyer, T., Beck, E. D., Zelinski, E. M., Reynolds, C. A., Pedersen, N. L., Hofer, S. M., Mroczek, D. K., & Muniz-Terrera, G. (2022). Personality predictors of cognitive dispersion: A coordinated analysis of data from seven international studies of older adults. Neuropsychology36(2), 103–115.

Brewster, P. W., Rush, J., Ozen, L., Vendittelli, R., Hofer S. M. (2021) Feasibility and psychometric integrity of mobile phone-based intensive measurement of cognition in older adults. Exp Aging Research, 47(4), 1–19.

Clouston, S. A. P., Muniz-Terrera, G., Rodgers, J. L., O’Keefe, P., Lewis, N. A., Wanstrom, L., Kaye, J., & Hofer, S. M. (2021). Cohort and period effects as explanations for declining dementia trends and cognitive aging, Population and Development Review. DOI: 10.1111/padr.12409.