Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Joel Hoffman

Research area and interest

Research Areas: Moral injury in refugees; psychosocial adaptation of refugees and asylum seekers in contexts of sustained displacement; underlying mechanisms of treatment outcomes for refugees with PTSD


  • Hoffman J. & Nickerson, A. (2020). The Impact of Moral-Based Appraisals on Psychological Outcomes in Response to Analogue Trauma: An experimental paradigm of moral injury. Cognitive Therapy and Research.
  • Nickerson, A., Byrow, Y., Hoffman, J., O’Donnell, M., Bryant, R. A., Mastrogiovanni, N., McMahon, T., Benson, G., Mau, V. & Liddell, B. J. (2020). The longitudinal association between moral injury appraisals and psychological outcomes in refugees. Psychological Medicine.
  • Hoffman J., Liddell, B., Bryant, R.A., & Nickerson, A. (2019). A latent profile analysis of moral injury appraisals in refugees. European Journal of Pscyhotraumatology.
  • Nickerson, A., Hoffman, J., Schick, M., Schnyer, U., Bryant, R A. & Morina, N. (2018). A longitudinal investigation of moral injury appraisals amongst treatment-seeking refugees. Frontiers in Psychiatry.
  • Hoffman J., Liddell, B., Bryant, R.A., & Nickerson, A. (2018). The relationship between moral injury appraisals, trauma exposure, and mental health in refugees. Depression & Anxiety.

Awards, fellowships & grants

2020 Society for Mental Health Team Award-Impactful Mental Health Research
2019 Fresh Science NSW-Science in the Pub Winner
2019 Fresh Science NSW
2019 First Place, ASTSS Research Award
2019 One-Minute Thesis First Prize School of Psychology Award, UNSW
2019 One-Minute Thesis First Prize Science Faculty Award, UNSW
2019 One-Minute Thesis Poster Award, UNSW
2019 European Society of Traumatic Stress Student Travel Grant
2018 One-Minute Thesis School of Psychology Award, UNSW
2017 One-Minute Thesis School of Psychology Award, UNSW
2016 2019 Australian Postgraduate Award
2015 University of Sydney, Honours Scholarship
2015 University of Sydney, Faculty of Science, Honours Relocation Scholarship
2002-2005 George Fox University, Presidential Scholarship
2002-2005 National Merit Scholar

Affiliations & memberships

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Australian Clinical Psychology Association