Rick Hoyle

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Faculty Fellow, Center for Child and Family Policy

The primary focus of Rick Hoyle's research program is self-regulation. He works from an integrative model of self-regulation that brings executive functioning, temperament, personality, and cognitive processing to bear on question about the role of self-regulation in adaptive and maladaptive behavior.

He is currently a principal investigator for the Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resilience (C-StARR).

A social psychologist, Hoyle’s primary appointment is in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. He completed undergraduate studies at Appalachian State University in 1983, and earned a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, he held a faculty appointment at the University of Kentucky.

Research Interests:

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology


  • 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

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • Boynton, MH; Arkes, J; Hoyle, RH (2011) Brief report of a test of differential alcohol risk using sibling attributions of paternal alcoholism. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72, 1037-1040, [doi], [abs]
  • Hoyle, R. H. (2011) Structural equation modeling for social and personality psychology
  • Gallagher, P; Fleeson, W; Hoyle, RH (2011) A self-regulatory mechanism for personality trait stability: Contra-trait effort Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 335-342, [doi], [abs]
  • vanDellen, MR; Campbell, WK; Hoyle, RH; Bradfield, EK (2011) Conpensation, resisting, and breaking: A meta-analytic examination of reactions to self-esteem threat Personality and Social Psychology Review, 15, 51-74, [doi], [abs]
  • vanDellen, MR; Hoy, MB; Fernandez, K; Hoyle, RH (2011) Academic-contingent self-worth and the social monitoring system Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 59-63, [doi], [abs]
  • vanDellen, MR; Hoyle, RH (2010) Regulatory accessibility and social influences on state self-control. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 251-263, [doi], [abs]
  • Yang, C., Nay, S., & Hoyle, R. H. (2010) Three approaches to using lengthy ordinal scales in structural equation models: Parceling, latent scoring, and shortening scales Applied Psychological Measurement, 34, 122-142,