Psychology Department




Erin Hill


Erin Hill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Auckland University of Technology


Office Phone: 610-436-2482
Office Room #: PB 41
Preferred means of contact: email

Fall 2016 Office Hours:


Monday         11:00am - 11:50 am; 1-2pm, 4-4:30pm

Wednesday   11:00am – 11:50am; 1-2pm

Friday            11:00am – 11:50am

Course Typically Taught:


  • PSY200 Positive Psychology
  • PSY245 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • PSY280 Health 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) the role of personality and individual differences in health behaviors and well-being, (2) psychosocial and behavioral factors related to quality of life and well-being among ovarian cancer survivors, and (3) motivation to learn, academic achievement and quality of life.

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:

A complete list can be found at:

Hill, E. M. (2016). Quality of life and mental health among women with ovarian cancer: Examining the role of emotional and instrumental social support seeking. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 21, 551-561

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,21,2021-2032 . 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, 600-605. doi:

Hill, E.M., & Gick, M.L. (2012). Attachment and barriers to cervical screening. Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 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, 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, 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, 45-50. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2011.03.008