Rick Hoyle

Rick Hoyle

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

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

  • M.A., University of North Carolina - 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

Voils, Corrine I., et al. “Initial validation of a self-report measure of the extent of and reasons for medication nonadherence.Med Care, vol. 50, no. 12, Dec. 2012, pp. 1013–19. Pubmed, doi:10.1097/MLR.0b013e318269e121. Full Text

Fuemmeler, Bernard F., et al. “Parenting styles and body mass index trajectories from adolescence to adulthood.Health Psychol, vol. 31, no. 4, July 2012, pp. 441–49. Pubmed, doi:10.1037/a0027927. Full Text

vanDellen, M. R., et al. “The regulatory easy street: Self-regulation below the self-control threshold does not consume regulatory resources.” Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 52, no. 8, June 2012, pp. 898–902. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.paid.2012.01.028. Full Text

Voils, Corrine I., et al. “DEVELOPING A THEORETICALLY INFORMED MEASURE TO DETECT AND ADDRESS SELF-REPORTED MEDICATION NONADHERENCE.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 43, SPRINGER, Apr. 2012, pp. S178–S178. Open Access Copy

Rubin, David C., et al. Differential predictability of four dimensions of affect intensity. Informa UK Limited, 2012. Dspace, doi:10.1080/02699931.2011.561564. Full Text Open Access Copy

Boynton, Marcella H., et al. “Brief report of a test of differential alcohol risk using sibling attributions of paternal alcoholism.Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, vol. 72, no. 6, Nov. 2011, pp. 1037–40. Epmc, doi:10.15288/jsad.2011.72.1037. Full Text

Gallagher, P., et al. “A self-regulatory mechanism for personality trait stability: Contra-trait effort.” Social Psychological and Personality Science, vol. 2, no. 4, Aug. 2011, pp. 335–42. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1948550610390701. Full Text

Voils, C. I., et al. “Improving the measurement of self-reported medication nonadherence: Response to authors.” Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 64, no. 3, Mar. 2011, pp. 258–61. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2010.02.023. Full Text