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

vanDellen, M. R., et al. “Conpensation, resisting, and breaking: A meta-analytic examination of reactions to self-esteem threat.” Personality and Social Psychology Review, vol. 15, 2011, pp. 51–74.

Voils, E. K., et al. “On improving the measurement of self-reported medication nonadherence.” Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 64, 2011, pp. 250–54.

vanDellen, M. R., et al. “Academic-contingent self-worth and the social monitoring system.” Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 50, no. 1, Jan. 2011, pp. 59–63. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.paid.2010.08.022. Full Text

Voils, R. H., et al. “Response to Morisky & DiMatteo Re: On improving the measurement of self-reported medication nonadherence.” Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 64, 2011, pp. 258–61.

Rabiner, David L., et al. “Predictors of nonmedical ADHD medication use by college students.J Atten Disord, vol. 13, no. 6, May 2010, pp. 640–48. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/1087054709334505. Full Text

Yang, Chongming, et al. “Three Approaches to Using Lengthy Ordinal Scales in Structural Equation Models: Parceling, Latent Scoring, and Shortening Scales.Applied Psychological Measurement, vol. 34, no. 2, Mar. 2010, pp. 122–42. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0146621609338592. Full Text

vanDellen, Michelle R., and Rick H. Hoyle. “Regulatory accessibility and social influences on state self-control.Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 36, no. 2, Feb. 2010, pp. 251–63. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0146167209356302. Full Text

Hoyle, R. H. “Preface.” Handbook of Personality and Self Regulation, Jan. 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781444318111. Full Text

Hoyle, R. H. Personality and Self-Regulation. Jan. 2010, pp. 1–18. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781444318111.ch1. Full Text

vanDellen, M. R., et al. Self-Regulation of State Self-Esteem Following Threat: Moderation by Trait Self-Esteem. Jan. 2010, pp. 430–46. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781444318111.ch19. Full Text