Rick Hoyle

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

Ginsburg, GS, Silva, SG, Jacobs, RH, Tonev, S, Hoyle, RH, Kingery, JN, Reinecke, MA, Curry, JF, and March, JS. "Cognitive measures of adolescent depression: unique or unitary constructs?." J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol 38.6 (November 2009): 790-802. Full Text

Blase, SL, Gilbert, AN, Anastopoulos, AD, Costello, EJ, Hoyle, RH, Swartzwelder, HS, and Rabiner, DL. "Self-reported ADHD and adjustment in college: cross-sectional and longitudinal findings." Journal of Attention Disorders 13.3 (November 2009): 297-309. Full Text

Rabiner, DL, Anastopoulos, AD, Costello, EJ, Hoyle, RH, McCabe, SE, and Swartzwelder, HS. "The misuse and diversion of prescribed ADHD medications by college students." J Atten Disord 13.2 (September 2009): 144-153. Full Text

Rabiner, DL, Anastopoulos, AD, Costello, J, Hoyle, RH, and Swartzwelder, HS. "Adjustment to college in students with ADHD." J Atten Disord 11.6 (May 2008): 689-699. Full Text

McKenzie, KS, and Hoyle, RH. "The Self-Absorption Scale: Reliability and validity in non-clinical samples." Personality and Individual Differences 45.8 (2008): 726-731. Full Text

Dellen, MV, and Hoyle, RH. "Possible selves as behavioral standards in self-regulation." Self and Identity 7.3 (2008): 295-304. Full Text

Voils, CI, Allaire, JC, Olsen, MK, Steffens, DC, Hoyle, RH, and Bosworth, HB. "Five-year trajectories of social networks and social support in older adults with major depression." Int Psychogeriatr 19.6 (December 2007): 1110-1124. Full Text

Palmgreen, P, Lorch, EP, Stephenson, MT, Hoyle, RH, and Donohew, L. "Effects of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's Marijuana Initiative Campaign on high-sensation-seeking adolescents." American Journal of Public Health 97.9 (2007): 1644-1649. Full Text