Rick Hoyle

Rick Hoyle

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 interests include (1) The foundations of self-esteem. This includes an interest in the interplay of self-evaluations across different domains (e.g., appearance, social life), processes of self-attention and self-regulation as they are implicated in the maintenance of self-esteem, and the influence of social acceptance and rejection on self-esteem processes. (2 )The role of personality in problem behavior. Particular interest in how prevention interventions can be designed to capitalize on the link between certain personality dimensions (e.g., sensation seeking) and problem behaviors (e.g., use of illicit drugs, sexual risk taking). (3) Strategic applications of structural equation modeling and related techniques for the purpose of modeling complex processes that unfold over time. Particular focus on measurement and design issues relevant for models that include mediated and moderated effects.


Self-regulation, personality, adolescent problem behavior, research methods

Palmgreen, P, Lorch, EP, Stephenson, MT, Hoyle, RH, and Donohew, L. "Effects of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's Marijuana Initiative Campaign on high-sensation-seeking adolescents." American Journal of Public Health 97.9 (2007): 1644-1649. Full Text

Hoyle, RH. "Personality and self-regulation: trait and information-processing perspectives." Journal of Personality 74.6 (December 2006): 1507-1525. (Review) Full Text

Hoyle, RH, and Sherrill, MR. "Future orientation in the self-system: possible selves, self-regulation, and behavior." Journal of Personality 74.6 (December 2006): 1673-1696. (Review) Full Text

Lynam, DR, Hoyle, RH, and Newman, JP. "The perils of partialling: cautionary tales from aggression and psychopathy." Assessment 13.3 (September 2006): 328-341. Full Text

Eiden, RD, Leonard, KE, Hoyle, RH, and Chavez, F. "A transactional model of parent-infant interactions in alcoholic families." Psychology of Addictive Behaviors : Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors 18.4 (December 2004): 350-361. Full Text

Stephenson, MT, Hoyle, RH, Palmgreen, P, and Slater, MD. "Brief measures of sensation seeking for screening and large-scale surveys." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 72.3 (December 2003): 279-286. Full Text

Morgan, SE, Palmgreen, P, Stephenson, MT, Hoyle, RH, and Lorch, EP. "Associations between message features and subjective evaluations of the sensation value of antidrug public service announcements." Journal of Communication 53.3 (2003): 512-526. Full Text

Hoyle, RH, Stephenson, MT, Palmgreen, P, Lorch, EP, and Donohew, R. "Reliability and validity of a brief measure of sensation seeking." Personality and Individual Differences 32.3 (February 2002): 401-414. Full Text

Stephenson, MT, Morgan, SE, Lorch, EP, Palmgreen, P, Donohew, L, and Hoyle, RH. "Predictors of Exposure from an Antimarijuana Media Campaign: Outcome Research Assessing Sensation Seeking Targeting." Health Communication 14.1 (2002): 23-43.

Harrington, NG, Giles, SM, Hoyle, RH, Feeney, GJ, and Yungbluth, SC. "Evaluation of the All Stars character education and problem behavior prevention program: effects on mediator and outcome variables for middle school students." Health Education & Behavior : the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education 28.5 (October 2001): 533-546. Full Text