Psychology Department




Erin Hill


Erin Hill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Auckland University of Technology


Office Phone: 436-2482
Office Room #: PB 41
Preferred means of contact: email

Fall 2015 Office Hours:

Monday        10:00am - 10:50am and 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Wednesday 10:00am - 10:50am and 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Friday           10:00am - 10:50am

Course Typically Taught:


  • PSY200 Positive Psychology
  • PSY384 Adult Development
  • PSY 400 Senior Seminar: Health Behavior


Brief Description of Research Interests:


My research interests are very broad within the field of health psychology. I have an interest in factors influencing quality of life in various populations (e.g., students, medical patients), psychosocial influences on health behavior, and the relationship between stress and health. I have conducted research on the relationship between personality and health behaviors including cervical cancer screening and smoking. I have also examined the role of environmental stressors and personality in health and well-being.

I am currently engaged in three lines of research: (1) individual differences in altruism and health, (2) psychosocial and behavioral factors in relation to quality of life and well-being among ovarian cancer survivors, and (3) motivation to learn, academic achievement and quality of life.


Representative Publications:


Hill, E. M. (forthcoming 2015). In pursuit of the PhD: Quality of life and motivation to learn. In M. Henning, C. Krägeloh, & G. Wong-Toi (Eds). Student motivation and quality of life in higher education. London, UK: Routledge.

Hill, E. M. (2014). The complexity and importance of general organ donation attitudes: A letter to the editor regarding Siegel et al. (2014). Health Psychology. (Letters to editor published at

Hill, E. M., Billington, R., & Krägeloh, C. (2014). Noise sensitivity and diminished health: Testing moderators and mediators of the relationship. Noise & Health, 16, 47-56.  

Hill, E.M., Billington, R., & Krägeloh, C. (2013). The cortisol awakening response and the big five personality dimensions. Personality and Individual Differences, 55(5), 600-605. doi:

Hill, E.M., & Gick, M.L. (2012). Attachment and barriers to cervical screening. Journal of Health Psychology, 18(5), 648-657. doi: 10.1177/1359105312454910

Hill, E.M., Shepherd, D., Welch, D., Dirks, K.N., & McBride, D. (2012). Perceptions of the neighborhood environment and health-related quality of life. Journal of Community Psychology, 40(7), 814-827. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21490

Hill, E.M., & Gick, M.L. (2011). The big five and cervical screening barriers: Evidence for the influence of conscientiousness, extraversion and openness. Personality and Individual Differences, 50(5), 662-667. doi: 10.1016.j.paid.2010.12.013

Hill, E.M., & Maggi, S. (2011). Emotional intelligence and smoking: Protective and risk factors among Canadian young adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 51(1), 45-50. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2011.03.008