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 in my lab concerns the means by which adolescents and emerging adults manage pursuit of their goals through self-regulation. We take a broad view of self-regulation, accounting for the separate and interactive influences of personality, environment (e.g., home, school, neighborhood), cognition and emotion, and social influences on the many facets of goal management. Although we occasionally study these influences in controlled laboratory experiments, our preference is to study the pursuit of longer-term, personally meaningful goals “in the wild.” Much of our work is longitudinal and involves repeated assessments focused on the pursuit of specific goals over time. Some studies span years and involve data collection once or twice per year. Others span weeks and involve intensive repeated assessments, sometimes several times per day. We use these rich data to model the means by which people manage real goals in the course of everyday life.
In conjunction with this work, we spend considerable time and effort on developing and refining means of measuring or observing the many factors at play in self-regulation. In addition to developing self-report measures of self-control and grit and measures of the processes we expect to wax and wane over time in the course of goal pursuit, we are working on unobtrusive approaches to tracking goal pursuit and progress through mobile phones and wearable devices.
Self-regulation, personality, adolescent problem behavior, research methods
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
Voils, CI, Maciejewski, ML, Hoyle, RH, Reeve, BB, Gallagher, P, Bryson, CL, and Yancy, WS. "Initial validation of a self-report measure of the extent of and reasons for medication nonadherence." Medical Care 50.12 (December 2012): 1013-1019. Full Text
Berntsen, D, Johannessen, KB, Thomsen, YD, Bertelsen, M, Hoyle, RH, and Rubin, DC. "Peace and war: trajectories of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms before, during, and after military deployment in Afghanistan." Psychological Science 23.12 (December 2012): 1557-1565. Full Text Open Access Copy
Jonassaint, CR, Ashley-Koch, A, Whitfield, KE, Hoyle, RH, Richman, LS, Siegler, IC, Royal, CD, and Williams, R. "The serotonin transporter gene polymorphism (5HTTLPR) moderates the effect of adolescent environmental conditions on self-esteem in young adulthood: a structural equation modeling approach." Biol Psychol 91.1 (September 2012): 111-119. Full Text Open Access Copy
Fuemmeler, BF, Yang, C, Costanzo, P, Hoyle, RH, Siegler, IC, Williams, RB, and Ostbye, T. "Parenting styles and body mass index trajectories from adolescence to adulthood." Health Psychol 31.4 (July 2012): 441-449. Full Text
vanDellen, MR, Hoyle, RH, and Miller, R. "The regulatory easy street: Self-regulation below the self-control threshold does not consume regulatory resources." Personality and Individual Differences 52.8 (June 2012): 898-902. Full Text
Voils, CI, Maciejewski, M, Hoyle, R, Reeve, B, Gallagher, P, and Yancy, W. "DEVELOPING A THEORETICALLY INFORMED MEASURE TO DETECT AND ADDRESS SELF-REPORTED MEDICATION NONADHERENCE." ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 43 (April 2012): S178-S178. Open Access Copy
Rubin, DC, Hoyle, RH, and Leary, MR. "Differential predictability of four dimensions of affect intensity." Cognition & Emotion 26.1 (January 2012): 25-41. Full Text Open Access Copy