B.A. in Psychology and Economics, Indiana University

M.A. and PhD in Cognitive Psychology, University of Notre Dame

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Email: patrick.hill@wustl.edu

Research Interests

  • Pat is interested in understanding the role of individual differences in promoting healthy aging.
  • His research often focuses on sense of purpose, future time perspective, perceived derailment, and forgivingness. 
  • He is particularly interested in how to promote positive transitions across the lifespan.


Some recent publications include:

  • Hill, P. L., Klaiber, P., Burrow, A. L., DeLongis, A., & Sin, N. L. (In press). Great, purposeful expectations: Predicting daily purposefulness during the COVID-19 response. The Journal of Positive Psychology.
  • Hill, P. L., Burrow, A. L., & Allemand, M. (In press). Moving beyond promoting “happiness” in gerontology interventions. Age and Ageing.
  • Hill, P. L., Sin, N. L., Almeida, D. M., & Burrow, A. L. (In press). Sense of purpose predicts daily positive events and attenuates their influence on positive affect. Emotion.
  • Hill, P. L., Aschwanden, D., Payne, B. R.., & Allemand, M. (In press). Daily cognitive complaints and engagement in older adulthood: Personality traits are more predictive than cognitive performance. Psychology and Aging.

Current Projects

  • Understanding the role of sense of purpose during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Considering the role of personality dispositions on daily and long-term cognitive resilience
  • Examining how purposeful individuals identify and cope with daily stressors
  • Describing what it means to have a purpose in life from different contexts and cultures