Erin Hill, Ph.D.


Erin Hill, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Auckland University of Technology
Office: Wayne Hall 537
Phone: 610-436-2482

Office Hours: Spring 2024

  • Monday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Zoom) 
  • Wednesday/Friday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:30 - 3:00 PM (Zoom) 

Please email to reserve an appointment.

Courses Typically Taught


  • PSY245 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • PSY280 Health Psychology
  • PSY384 Adult Development
  • PSY400 Senior Seminar: Digital Minimalism, Health, and Well-being

Description of Research Interests

My research interests are very broad within the field of health psychology. Health Psychology is the branch of psychology focused on psychological factors in physical health and well-being. In conducting research in this field, my students and I engage in research that aims to better understand health and well-being at both the individual and population level—research that has implications for both public health and clinical psychology. Broadly, I have research interests in psychological factors in health behaviors, quality of life and well-being, and psycho-oncology.

Please see my research lab website for more information:

Students who are interested in becoming involved in my research through PSY410 (Research in Psychology) should contact me one semester in advance to discuss research possibilities.

 Representative Publications

Further details and additional publications can be found on Dr. Hill’s Google Scholar Profile.  

  • Hill, E. M. & Ruark, R. (2022). An examination of the role of social comparison orientation and social norms in drunkorexia engagement. Addictive Behaviors, 124.
  • Hill, E. M. & Frost, A. (2021). Loneliness and psychological distress among women diagnosed with ovarian cancer: Examining the role of self-perceived burden and decreased social network diversity. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.
  • Hill, E. M. & Nolan, M. T. (2021). Examining eating disorder-related social comparison orientation and body dissatisfaction in the relationship between fit ideal internalization and drunkorexia engagement. Eating Behaviors, 41.  
  • Hill, E. M. & Lego, J. E. (2020). Examining the role of body esteem and sensation seeking in drunkorexia behaviors. Eating and Weight Disorders—Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 25, 1507-1513.  
  • Hill, E. M., Martin, J. D., & Lego, J. E. (2019). College students’ engagement in drunkorexia: Examining the role of sociocultural attitudes toward appearance, narcissism, and Greek affiliation. Current Psychology. doi:10.1007/s12144-019-00382-y
  • Hill, E. M. & Hamm, A. (2019). Intolerance of uncertainty, social support, and loneliness in relation to anxiety and depressive symptoms among women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Psycho-Oncology. doi:10.1002/pon.4975 
  • Hill, E. M., & Watkins, K. (2018). Development and initial validation of the appropriate antibiotic use self-efficacy scale. Patient Education and Counseling, 101, 1838-1845. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2018.05.020
  • Hill, E. M. (2017). Decision making about antibiotic use: Examining the role of antibiotic resistance knowledge, concern, and previous inappropriate antibiotic use. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 10, 226-233.  doi: 10.1080/17538068.2017.1373902
  • Hill, E. M. (2017). Narcissism as a consideration when designing health and risk messages. In R. L. Parrott (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.530.
  • Hill, E. M. & Watkins, K. (2017). Women with ovarian cancer: Examining the role of social support and rumination in posttraumatic growth, psychological distress, and psychological well-being. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 24, 47-58. doi:10.1007/s10880-016-9482-7
  • Hill, E. M. (2016). Posthumous organ donation attitudes, intentions to donate and organ donor status: Examining the role of the big five personality dimensions and altruism. Personality and Individual Differences, 88, 182-186. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.09.021
  • Hill, E. M. (2015). The role of narcissism in health-risk and health-protective behaviors. Journal of Health Psychology [Epub ahead of print]. doi:10.1177/1359105315569858
  • Hill, E. M. (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:10.1016/j.paid.2013.05.010
  • 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

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