Elizabeth Hill

Elizabeth M. Hill, Professor of Psychology, is an evolutionary psychologist.  She teaches courses related to psychobiology, statistics, and research methods.  Her scientific research investigates the interaction between biological and environmental factors in risk-taking behavior.  In this research, she uses evolutionary theory related to parental investment and life history strategies to conceptualize environmental factors in a novel way.  The impact on risk taking of an unpredictable family environment has been of primary interest. 

She has also used life history theory from behavioral ecology to help comprehend life course patterns in risky (binge) drinking.  Previous research, focused on genetic and familial risk factors for alcoholism, was funded by the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse.  Dr. Hill is initiating experimental research on the role of early environment in parental behavior, using inbred mice as the laboratory model.  She received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Biometry from LSU Medical School, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Tulane University.  Dr. Hill joined the university in 1997.

Professional Societies and Service

  • Sigma Xi (1999-)
  • Human Behavior and Evolution Society (1989-)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (1989-90)
  • Newsletter Editor (1992-97)
  • Animal Behavior Society (1977-)
  • International Society for Human Ethology (1979-)

Dr. Hill serves as a manuscript referee for scientific journals in the areas of addiction and evolutionary psychology, such as Addiction, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Evolution and Human Behavior, and Human Nature. The National Institute of Health and the Natural Science Foundation have enlisted her as an ad hoc grant reviewer. For UDM, she serves on the Institutional Review Board (human research ethics).


Publications and Presentations