Dr. Laura Hill

Laura Hill

Chair, Professor, Extension Specialist


Johnson Tower 501A, Pullman

Curriculum Vitae

  • Ph.D. Psychology, Vanderbilt University, 1998
  • M.S. Psychology, Vanderbilt University, 1994
  • B.A. Greek Studies, Smith College, 1979
Professional Experience

Washington State University Pullman, WA
Professor and Chair 2014-Present
Professor 2013-2014
Associate Director for Health Promotion, Research and Evaluation 2011-2014
Associate Professor 2007-2013
Assistant Professor 2001-2007

The Pennsylvania State University State College, PA
Research Associate, FAST Track Early Intervention Program 1999-2001

State of Tennessee Nashville, TN
Research, Departments of Health/Mental Health and Retardation 1998-1999

Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
Data Analyst, NICHD Study of Early Child Care 1994-1996
Research Assistant, FAST Track Early Intervention Program 1992-1996

University of Rochester Rochester, NY
Activities Therapist, Psychiatric Day Treatment 1990-1991
Computer Programmer 1988-1990

Study in Greece Athens, Greece
Co-Director 1984-1986
Executive Assistant to the Director 1982-1984
Administrative Assistant 1980-1981

Research Interests
  • Prevention science: research on the translation, implementation, evaluation and scale-up of prevention and health promotion programs in real-world settings
  • Development and testing of brief interventions (e.g. training in values-based decision making) that support students transitioning to college, especially students least likely to persist to degree or to persist in STEM majors
  • Parent-child relationships in adolescence and young adulthood
WSU Graduate Courses Taught
  • HD540 Effective Intervention Programs (Sp14, Sp12, Sp10, Sp06, SP04, SP02)
  • HD513 Research Methods (Fall 2002-2008)
  • HD511 Prevention Science (Theories of Human Development) (F12)
Current Funding
  • A randomized trial of Letting Go and Staying Connected, an interactive parenting intervention to reduce risky behaviors among students transitioning to college. National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. R01DA039247. ($2,458,440) PI: Laura G. Hill. Co-Is: Matthew Bumpus, Richard Catalano, Brittany Cooper, and Kevin Haggerty. (9/15/2016-7/31/2021).
  • Student success through transformational change: Creating connection to values and purpose. Washington State University. ($7,120,267) Joint PIs: Laura Hill, Samantha Swindell, Denise Yost, and Ana Maria Vivaldi-Rodriguez. (7/1/2016-6/30/2021).
  • Marijuana use: Health benefits vs. health risks. Washington State University. ($74,630) PIs: Rebecca Craft, Michael McDonell, Laura Hill, Rita Fuchs-Lokensgard, & Jessica Fales.
  • Evaluation of the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative. Washington Department of Social and Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. ($177,000). Joint PIs: Brittany Cooper & Laura Hill. (1/2016-12/2017)
  • Evidence-based prevention program enhancement. Washington Department of Social and Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. ($68,000) PI: Brittany Cooper. Role: Co-Investigator. (1/2016-6/2016)
  • Parental notification following student substance use violations. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program, Washington State University. ($26,000) PI: Matthew Bumpus. Co-PIs: Brittany Cooper and Laura Hill.
Representative Publications

(*Significant role in papers with student authors; students marked with asterisk)

Roulette, J., Hill, L.G., Diversi, M., & Overath, R. (2017). Cultural adaptations of the Strengthening Families Program 10-14 in the Pacific Northwest: A qualitative evaluation. Health Education Journal, 76(2), 169-181.

Cardaccioto, L., Hill, L.G., Block-Lerner, J., & Biglan, A. (2016). Applying prevention science to influence a cultural revolution in higher education. In Cardaccioto, L. & Block-Lerner, J. (Eds.). The mindfulness-informed educator: Building acceptance & psychological flexibility in higher education. Oxford, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis.

Cooper, B.R., *Shrestha, G., *Hyman, L., & Hill, L.G. (2016). Adaptations in a community-based parenting intervention: Replication of two coding schemes. Journal of Primary Prevention, 37(1), 33-52.

Weybright, E.H., Cooper, B.R., Beckmeyer, J., Bumpus, M., Hill, L.G., & Agley, J. (2016). Moving beyond “drinking to have a good time”: A person-centered approach to identifying reason typologies in legal-aged college student drinkers. Prevention Science, 17(6), 679-688.

Crowley, D.M., Hill, L.G., Kuklinski, M., & Jones, D. (2014). Research priorities for economic analyses of prevention: Current issues and future directions. Prevention Science, 15(6), 789-798.

Hill, L.G., & *Owens, R.W. (2013). Component analysis of adherence in a family intervention. Health Education, 113(4), 264-280.

Hill, L.G., Rosenman, R., *Tennekoon, V., & Mandal, B. (2013). Selection effects and prevention program outcomes. Prevention Science, 14(6), 557-569.
(The first two authors are listed alphabetically and contributed equally to the conceptualization and writing of the manuscript.)

*Whitehall, A.P., Hill, L.G., & Koehler, C.R. (2012). A comparison of participant and practitioner beliefs about evaluation. The American Journal of Evaluation, 33, 208-220.

*Cantu, A., Hill, L.G., & Becker, L.G. (2010). Implementation quality of a family-focused preventive intervention in a community-based dissemination. Journal of Children’s Services, 5(4), 18-30.

Hill, L.G., *Goates, S., & Rosenman, R. (2010). Detecting selection effects in community implementations of family-based substance abuse prevention programs. American Journal of Public Health, 100(4), 623-630.