PRC Student Named 2016 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar

USC PRC Student Danielle Schoffman one of thirteen students to receive honor

Ms. Danielle Schoffman recently received one of the university’s 2016 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar awards. The Office of the VP for Research chooses just a few exceptional students from the nominations submitted by graduate directors across USC, selecting those who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, actively contribute to research and scholarship in their fields and exhibit potential for future success. 

Growing up in San Francisco, Schoffman earned a dual bachelor’s degree in human biology and anthropological sciences at Stanford University before staying on as a study coordinator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She enrolled in her doctoral program in 2011 and began working with mentors Sara Wilcox and Brie Turner-McGrievy. The Presidential Fellow and winner of USC’s Dean’s Award for Excellence in Leadership has just wrapped up her dissertation research and is currently writing up her findings. Schoffman’s project looked at the ways in which mobile technology can be used in a family setting to support behavior change and improved communication to lead to better outcomes with regard to healthy eating and increased physical activity. With 16 publications to her name (five as first author), Schoffman is well positioned to pursue a postdoc position in behavioral intervention research.

The 2016 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar award recipients will be featured in a special supplement of Breakthrough magazine and honored at the Breakthrough Graduate Scholars Luncheon in the spring.