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

Gehrt, TB, Berntsen, D, Hoyle, RH, and Rubin, DC. "Psychological and clinical correlates of the Centrality of Event Scale: A systematic review." Clinical Psychology Review 65 (November 2018): 57-80. (Review) Full Text

Arco-Tirado, JL, Fernández-Martín, FD, and Hoyle, RH. "Development and Validation of a Spanish Version of the Grit-S Scale." Frontiers in Psychology 9 (February 7, 2018). Full Text Open Access Copy

Duffy, KA, Helzer, EG, Hoyle, RH, Fukukura Helzer, J, and Chartrand, TL. "Pessimistic expectations and poorer experiences: The role of (low) extraversion in anticipated and experienced enjoyment of social interaction." Plos One 13.7 (January 2018): e0199146-null. Full Text

Piontak, JR, Russell, MA, Danese, A, Copeland, WE, Hoyle, RH, and Odgers, CL. "Violence exposure and adolescents' same-day obesogenic behaviors: New findings and a replication." Social science & medicine (1982) 189 (September 2017): 145-151. Full Text

Leary, MR, Diebels, KJ, Davisson, EK, Jongman-Sereno, KP, Isherwood, JC, Raimi, KT, Deffler, SA, and Hoyle, RH. "Cognitive and Interpersonal Features of Intellectual Humility." Personality & social psychology bulletin 43.6 (June 2017): 793-813. Full Text

Deffler, SA, Leary, MR, and Hoyle, RH. "Knowing what you know: Intellectual humility and judgments of recognition memory." Personality and Individual Differences 96 (July 2016): 255-259. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hoyle, RH, Davisson, EK, Diebels, KJ, and Leary, MR. "Holding specific views with humility: Conceptualization and measurement of specific intellectual humility." Personality and Individual Differences 97 (July 2016): 165-172. Full Text

Pek, J, and Hoyle, RH. "On the (In)Validity of Tests of Simple Mediation: Threats and Solutions." Social and Personality Psychology Compass 10.3 (March 2016): 150-163. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hopkin, CR, Hoyle, RH, and Gottfredson, NC. "Maximizing the Yield of Small Samples in Prevention Research: A Review of General Strategies and Best Practices." Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research 16.7 (October 2015): 950-955. (Review) Full Text


Hoyle, RH. "Idea poaching behind the veil of blind peer review." Ethical Challenges in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. January 1, 2015. 44-47. Full Text

Costanzo, PR, Hoyle, RH, and Leary, MR. "Personality, Social Psychology, and Psychopathology: Reflections on a Lewinian Vision." The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. September 18, 2012. Full Text

Carrig, MM, and Hoyle, RH. "Measurement choices: Reliability, validity, and generalizability." Handbook of ethics in quantitative methodology. Ed. AT Panter and SK Sterba. New York, NY: Routledge, 2011. 127-157. (Chapter)

Hoyle, RH, and Robinson, JC. "Mediated and moderated effects in social psychological research: Measurement, design, and analysis issues." The SAGE Handbook of Methods in Social Psychology. January 1, 2004. 213-234. Full Text


Selected Grants

Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resilience awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2019

Student Resilience awarded by Duke Endowment (Co-Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2016

Classification of substance use disorders in adolescents awarded by National Institutes of Health (Statistical Investigator). 2007 to 2016

A Model of Autobiographical Memory & Its Changes in PTSD awarded by National Institutes of Health (Senior Investigator). 2002 to 2016

Neurobehavioral and fMRI Research in HIV Infection and Cocaine Dependence awarded by National Institutes of Health (Advisor). 2010 to 2015

Classification of Substance Use Severity and Treatment Outcomes: NIDA CTN Studies awarded by National Institutes of Health (Statistical Investigator). 2009 to 2015

Hostility, PTSD and Physical Health Risk Factors awarded by National Institutes of Health (Statistical Investigator). 2009 to 2015

Fluctuations in Self-Control Capacity awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2013

Brain Imaging the Effects of High Sensation Value Anti-Drug PSAs awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2013

Representation of Number in Infancy awarded by National Institutes of Health (Advisor). 2003 to 2012