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Patrick Hill

Assistant Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2419
Office:A515 Loeb Building
Website:PATH Research Lab

Research Interests

My research strives toward addressing three questions important to understanding how to promote health and well-being across the lifespan. First, what is the role of personality and individual differences in predicting health outcomes? Toward this end, my work has focused on identifying the pathways by which personality traits predict health. In turn, my research also examines the mechanisms that underlie personality development, in order to help us understand what leads to adaptive personality changes.

Second, what are the benefits associated with presumptively moral or prosocial personality characteristics? For instance, my work has demonstrated that individuals who place greater emphasis on life goals focused on benefiting others tend to report greater personal well-being. In addition, my studies suggest that being dispositionally forgiving or grateful may lead to greater psychological, emotional, and physical health.

Third, my research investigates a number of important questions related to whether and how adolescents find a purpose or direction for their lives. For instance, what does having a purpose mean to youth, and what kinds of purposes do youth nominate? In addition, my work has shown that purposeful adolescents tend to fare better across a wide array of psychological and development outcomes.


Hill, P. L., Allemand, M., & Roberts, B. W. (2013). Examining the pathways between gratitude and self-rated physical health. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 92-96.

Hill, P. L., & Roberts, B. W. (2011). The role of adherence in the relationship between conscientiousness and health. Health Psychology, 30, 797-804.

Hill, P. L., Turiano, N. A., Hurd, M. D., Mroczek, D. K., & Roberts, B. W. (2011). Conscientiousness and longevity: An examination of possible mediators. Health Psychology, 30, 536-541.

Hill, P. L., Jackson, J. J., Roberts, B. W., Lapsley, D. K., & Brandenberger, J. W. (2011). Change you can believe in: Changes in goal-setting during emerging and young adulthood predict later adult well-being. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 123-131.

Burrow, A. L., & Hill, P. L. (2011). Purpose as a form of identity capital for positive youth development. Developmental Psychology, 47, 1196-1206.

Hill, P. L., & Roberts, B. W. (2010). Propositions for the study of moral personality development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 380-383.

Hill, P. L., Burrow, A. L., O’Dell, A. C., & Thornton, M. A. (2010). Classifying adolescents’ conceptions of purpose in life. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 5, 466-473.