Rick Hoyle

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1988

  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1986

  • B.A., Appalachian State University 1983


Research interests include (1) The foundations of self-esteem. This includes an interest in the interplay of self-evaluations across different domains (e.g., appearance, social life), processes of self-attention and self-regulation as they are implicated in the maintenance of self-esteem, and the influence of social acceptance and rejection on self-esteem processes. (2 )The role of personality in problem behavior. Particular interest in how prevention interventions can be designed to capitalize on the link between certain personality dimensions (e.g., sensation seeking) and problem behaviors (e.g., use of illicit drugs, sexual risk taking). (3) Strategic applications of structural equation modeling and related techniques for the purpose of modeling complex processes that unfold over time. Particular focus on measurement and design issues relevant for models that include mediated and moderated effects.


Self-regulation, personality, adolescent problem behavior, research methods

Dent, AL, and Hoyle, RH. "A framework for evaluating and enhancing alignment in self-regulated learning research." Metacognition and Learning 10.1 (April 2015): 165-179. Full Text

Zucker, N, Wagner, HR, Merwin, R, Bulik, CM, Moskovich, A, Keeling, L, and Hoyle, R. "Self-focused attention in anorexia nervosa." The International journal of eating disorders 48.1 (January 2015): 9-14. Full Text

Carrig, MM, Manrique-Vallier, D, Ranby, KW, Reiter, JP, and Hoyle, RH. "A Nonparametric, Multiple Imputation-Based Method for the Retrospective Integration of Data Sets." Multivariate behavioral research 50.4 (January 2015): 383-397. Full Text

Zucker, N, Wagner, HR, Merwin, R, Bulik, CM, Moskovich, A, Keeling, L, and Hoyle, R. "Self-focused attention in anorexia nervosa." International Journal of Eating Disorders 48.1 (January 1, 2015): 9-14. Full Text

Wu, L-T, Swartz, MS, Brady, KT, Blazer, DG, Hoyle, RH, and NIDA AAPI Workgroup, . "Nonmedical stimulant use among young Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, and mixed-race individuals aged 12-34 years in the United States." Journal of psychiatric research 59 (December 2014): 189-199. Full Text

Burnette, JL, Davisson, EK, Finkel, EJ, Van Tongeren, DR, Hui, CM, and Hoyle, RH. "Self-Control and Forgiveness." Social Psychological and Personality Science 5.4 (May 2014): 443-450. Full Text

Voils, CI, King, HA, Neelon, B, Hoyle, RH, Reeve, BB, Maciejewski, ML, and Yancy, WS. "Characterizing weekly self-reported antihypertensive medication nonadherence across repeated occasions." Patient preference and adherence 8 (January 2014): 643-650. Full Text

Rubin, DC, Boals, A, and Hoyle, RH. "Narrative centrality and negative affectivity: Independent and interactive contributors to stress reactions." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 143.3 (2014): 1159-1170. Full Text Open Access Copy

Voils, CI, Maciejewski, ML, Hoyle, RH, Reeve, BB, Gallagher, MP, Bryson, CL, and Yancy, WS. "In response." Med Care 51.5 (May 2013): 468-469. (Letter) Full Text

Rubin, DC, Boals, A, and Hoyle, RH. "Narrative Centrality and Negative Affectivity: Independent and Interactive Contributors to Stress Reactions." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (2013). Full Text Open Access Copy


Non-medical Use of ADHD Medication by College Students awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2009