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

Fejfar, MC, and Hoyle, RH. "Effect of private self-awareness on negative affect and self-referent attribution: A quantitative review." Personality and Social Psychology Review 4.2 (2000): 132-142.

Hoyle, RH. "Personality processes and problem behavior." Journal of Personality 68.6 (2000): 953-966.

Hoyle, RH, Fejfar, MC, and Miller, JD. "Personality and sexual risk taking: A quantitative review." Journal of Personality 68.6 (2000): 1203-1231.

Stephenson, MT, Palmgreen, P, Hoyle, RH, Donohew, L, Lorch, EP, and Colon, SE. "Short-term effects of an anti-marijuana media campaign targeting high sensation seeking adolescents." Journal of Applied Communication Research 27.3 (1999): 175-195.

Donohew, RL, Hoyle, RH, Clayton, RR, Skinner, WF, Colon, SE, and Rice, RE. "Sensation seeking and drug use by adolescents and their friends: Models for marijuana and alcohol." Journal of Studies on Alcohol 60.5 (1999): 622-631.

Smith, RH, Parrott, WG, Diener, EF, Hoyle, RH, and Kim, SH. "Dispositional envy." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 25.8 (1999): 1007-1020.

Hoyle, RH, and Leff, SS. "The role of parental involvement in youth sport participation and performance." Adolescence 32.125 (1997): 232-243.

Tepper, K, and Hoyle, RH. "Latent variable models of need for uniqueness." Multivariate Behavioral Research 31.4 (1996): 467-494.

Leff, SS, and Hoyle, RH. "Young athletes' perceptions of parental support and pressure." Journal of Youth and Adolescence 24.2 (1995): 187-203. Full Text