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

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

Davis, C. Ervin, et al. “Use of a structural equation model for prediction of pain symptoms in patients with orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders.Journal of Orofacial Pain, vol. 24, no. 1, Jan. 2010, pp. 89–100.

VanDellen, M. R., et al. “Contingent self-worth and social information processing: Cognitive associations between domain performance and social relations.” Social Cognition, vol. 27, no. 6, Dec. 2009, pp. 847–66. Scopus, doi:10.1521/soco.2009.27.6.847. Full Text

Rogers, Gregory M., et al. “The dysfunctional attitudes scale: psychometric properties in depressed adolescents.J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol, vol. 38, no. 6, Nov. 2009, pp. 781–89. Pubmed, doi:10.1080/15374410903259007. Full Text

Ginsburg, Golda S., et al. “Cognitive measures of adolescent depression: unique or unitary constructs?J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol, vol. 38, no. 6, Nov. 2009, pp. 790–802. Pubmed, doi:10.1080/15374410903259015. Full Text

Blase, Stacey L., et al. “Self-reported ADHD and adjustment in college: cross-sectional and longitudinal findings.J Atten Disord, vol. 13, no. 3, Nov. 2009, pp. 297–309. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/1087054709334446. Full Text

Kingery, Julie Newman, et al. “Factor structure and psychometric properties of the Children's Negative Cognitive Error Questionnaire with a clinically depressed adolescent sample.Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology : The Official Journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53, vol. 38, no. 6, Nov. 2009, pp. 768–80. Epmc, doi:10.1080/15374410903297130. Full Text

Rabiner, David L., et al. “Motives and perceived consequences of nonmedical ADHD medication use by college students: are students treating themselves for attention problems?J Atten Disord, vol. 13, no. 3, Nov. 2009, pp. 259–70. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/1087054708320399. Full Text

Rabiner, David L., et al. “The misuse and diversion of prescribed ADHD medications by college students.J Atten Disord, vol. 13, no. 2, Sept. 2009, pp. 144–53. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/1087054708320414. Full Text