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

McKenzie, K. S., and R. H. Hoyle. “The Self-Absorption Scale: Reliability and validity in non-clinical samples.” Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 45, no. 8, Dec. 2008, pp. 726–31. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.paid.2008.07.020. Full Text

van Dellen, M., and R. H. Hoyle. “Possible selves as behavioral standards in self-regulation.” Self and Identity, vol. 7, no. 3, May 2008, pp. 295–304. Scopus, doi:10.1080/15298860701641108. Full Text

Rabiner, David L., et al. “Adjustment to college in students with ADHD.J Atten Disord, vol. 11, no. 6, May 2008, pp. 689–99. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/1087054707305106. Full Text

Voils, Corrine I., et al. “Five-year trajectories of social networks and social support in older adults with major depression.Int Psychogeriatr, vol. 19, no. 6, Dec. 2007, pp. 1110–24. Pubmed, doi:10.1017/S1041610207005303. Full Text

Stephenson, Michael T., et al. “The reliability and validity of the Brief Sensation Seeking Scale (BSSS-8) with young adult Latino workers: implications for tobacco and alcohol disparity research.Addiction (Abingdon, England), vol. 102 Suppl 2, Oct. 2007, pp. 79–91. Epmc, doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2007.01958.x. Full Text

Palmgreen, Philip, et al. “Effects of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's Marijuana Initiative Campaign on high-sensation-seeking adolescents.American Journal of Public Health, vol. 97, no. 9, Sept. 2007, pp. 1644–49. Epmc, doi:10.2105/ajph.2005.072843. Full Text

Hoyle, Rick H. “Personality and self-regulation: trait and information-processing perspectives.Journal of Personality, vol. 74, no. 6, Dec. 2006, pp. 1507–25. Epmc, doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.2006.00418.x. Full Text

Hoyle, Rick H., and Michelle R. Sherrill. “Future orientation in the self-system: possible selves, self-regulation, and behavior.Journal of Personality, vol. 74, no. 6, Dec. 2006, pp. 1673–96. Epmc, doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.2006.00424.x. Full Text

Lynam, Donald R., et al. “The perils of partialling: cautionary tales from aggression and psychopathy.Assessment, vol. 13, no. 3, Sept. 2006, pp. 328–41. Epmc, doi:10.1177/1073191106290562. Full Text

Eiden, Rina D., et al. “A transactional model of parent-infant interactions in alcoholic families.Psychology of Addictive Behaviors : Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors, vol. 18, no. 4, Dec. 2004, pp. 350–61. Epmc, doi:10.1037/0893-164x.18.4.350. Full Text