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Washington State University

Laura Hill

Laura Hill

Professor  Pullman 1815 NE WILSON RD

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


  • 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: Matt Bumpus, Richard Catalano, Brittany Cooper, and Kevin Haggerty.  9/15/2016 – 7/31/2021.  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
  • Adaptation of “Letting Go and Staying Connected” for Spanish-speaking parents of first-year college students. National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. 3R01DA039247-03S1 ($274,431). PI: Laura Hill.
  • Student success through transformational change: Creating connection to values and purpose.  Washington State University Strategic Reallocation Grand Challenge grant ($7,120,267).  Joint PIs: Laura Hill, Samantha Swindell, and Denise Yost.  7/1/2016-6/30/2021.  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
  • Evaluation of the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative.  Washington Department of Social  and Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery ($575,552).  Joint PIs: Brittany Cooper & Laura Hill. (1/2016-9/2019) [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
  • Workforce Development Fellowship Program. Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery ($4oo,ooo).  Joint PIs: Brittany Cooper & Laura Hill. 10/2018-9/2019 [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
  • Region 10 Prevention Technology Transfer Center.  Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ($539,976). PI on WSU subcontract: Brittany Cooper. Role: Co-Investigator. 10/2018-9/2023 [3,4,5]
  • WSU SCP: Adapting Strengthening Families (SFP 10-14) for Legalized Marijuana Context.  United States Department of Agriculture, NIFA ($640,000).  PI: Elizabeth Weybright.  Role: Co-Investigator.  6/17/2019 – 6/16/2024.

Representative Publications

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