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Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Ph.D.


Professor and Director of Graduate Training 
Office: 212A Pryale Hall 
Phone: 248-370-2676
Fax: 248-370-4612 
E-mail: [email protected] 
Personal Web Page: zeigler-hill.com 

PhD- University of Oklahoma (2004); Norman, Oklahoma
MA- Midwestern State University (1999); Wichita Falls, Texas
BA- Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (1997); Indianapolis, Indiana

Research Interests
I am a social-personality psychologist with primary research interests in four interrelated areas: (1) self-esteem, (2) narcissism, (3) cognitive representations of the self, and (4) interpersonal relationships. Though divergent at times, these four substantive areas often overlap in my research, so that much of my work reflects an integration of these topics. My research concerning self-esteem has largely focused on the potential causes and consequences of fragile high self-esteem. More recently, my research in this area has led to the development of the status-signaling model of self-esteem. My research concerning narcissism has examined the feelings of self-worth possessed by individuals with narcissistic personality features. My work in the area of cognitive representations of the self has examined the association between features of the self-concept (i.e., content and structure) and psychological adjustment. Finally, in the area of interpersonal relationships, I examine how beliefs about the self and one’s partner influence intimacy, relationship satisfaction, and longevity in close relationships.

See zeigler-hill.com for a complete listing of publications.

Selected Recent Publications  

Zeigler-Hill, V., Besser, A., Myers, E. M., Southard, A. C., & Malkin, M. L. (in press). The status-signaling property of self-esteem: The role of self-reported self-esteem and perceived self-esteem in personality judgments. Journal of Personality. 

Zeigler-Hill, V., & Besser, A. (in press). Self-esteem and evaluations of targets with ostensibly different levels of self-worth. Self and Identity. 

Zeigler-Hill, V., & Besser, A. (in press). A glimpse behind the mask: Facets of narcissism and feelings of self-worth. Journal of Personality Assessment. 

Besser, A., Zeigler-Hill, V., Pincus, A. L., & Neria, Y. (in press). Pathological narcissism and acute anxiety symptoms: A study of Israeli civilians exposed to war trauma. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes. 

Besser, A., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (in press). Positive personality features and stress among first-year university students: Implications for psychological distress, functional impairment, and self-esteem. Self and Identity. 

Madson, M. B., Moorer, K. D., Zeigler Hill, V., Bonnell, M. A, & Villarosa, M. (in press). Alcohol expectancies, protective behavioral strategies, and alcohol-related outcomes: A moderated mediation study. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. 

Madson, M. B., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (in press). Protective behavioral strategies, alcohol consumption, and negative alcohol-related consequences: Do race and gender moderate these associations? Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse. 

Pickard, J. D., Barry, C. T., Wallace, M. T., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (in press). Ethnicity, ethnic identity, and adolescent narcissism. Self and Identity. 

Vonk, J., Zeigler-Hill, V., Mayhew, P., & Mercer, S. (in press). Mirror, mirror on the wall: Which form of narcissist knows self and others best of all? Personality and Individual Differences. 

Zeigler-Hill, V., Enjaian, B., & Essa, L. (2013). The role of narcissistic personality features in sexual aggression. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 32, 186-199. 

Zeigler-Hill, V., Li, H., Masri, J., Smith, A., Vonk, J., Madson, M. B., & Zhang, Q. (2013). Self-esteem instability and academic outcomes in American and Chinese college students. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 455-463. 

Zeigler-Hill, V., Stubbs, W. J., & Madson, M. B. (2013). Fragile self-esteem and alcohol-related negative consequences among college student drinkers. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 32, 546-567. 

Zeigler-Hill, V., Southard, A. C., Archer, L. M., & Donohoe, P. L. (2013). Neuroticism and negative affect influence the reluctance to engage in destructive obedience in the Milgram paradigm. Journal of Social Psychology, 153, 161-174. 

Zeigler-Hill, V., Besser, A., & Jett, S. E. (2013). Laughing at the looking glass: Does humor style serve as an interpersonal signal? Evolutionary Psychology, 11, 201-226. 

Malkin, M. L., Zeigler-Hill, V., Barry, C. T., & Southard, A. C. (2013). The view from the looking glass: How are narcissistic individuals perceived by others? Journal of Personality, 81, 1-15. 

Miller, L. J., Zeigler-Hill, V., Mellen, J., Koeppel, J., Greer, T., & Kuczaj, S. (2013). Dolphin shows and interaction programs: Benefits for conservation education? Zoo Biology, 32, 45-53. 

Zeigler-Hill, V., Fulton, J. J., & McLemore, C. (2012). Discrepancies between explicit and implicit self-esteem: Implications for mate retention strategies and likelihood of future infidelity. Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 670-686. 

Zeigler-Hill, V., & Wallace, M. T. (2012). Self-esteem instability and psychological adjustment. Self and Identity, 11, 317-342. 

Zeigler-Hill, V., Wallace, M. T., & Myers, E. M. (2012). Racial differences in self-esteem revisited: The role of impression management in the Black self-esteem advantage. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 785-789. 

Li, H., Zeigler-Hill, V., Yang, J., Xiao, J. X., Luo, J., & Zhang, Q. (2012). Low self-esteem and the neural basis of attentional bias for social rejection cues: Evidence from the N2pc ERP component. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 947-951. 

Li, H., Zeigler-Hill, V., Luo, J., Yang, J., & Zhang, Q. (2012). Self-esteem modulates attentional responses to rejection: Evidence from event-related brain potentials. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 459-464. 

Zeigler-Hill, V., Madson, M. B., & Ricedorf, A. (2012). Does self-esteem moderate the associations between protective behavioral strategies and negative outcomes associated with alcohol consumption? Journal of Drug Education, 42, 211-227. 

Myers, E. M., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2012). How much do narcissists really like themselves? Using the bogus pipeline procedure to better understand the self-esteem of narcissists. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 102-105. 

Wallace, M. T., Barry, C. T., Zeigler-Hill, V., & Green, B. A. (2012). Locus of control as a contributing factor in the relation between self-perception and adolescent aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 38, 213-221. 

Clark, C., Mercer, S. H., Zeigler-Hill, V., & Dufrene, B. A. (2012). Barriers to the success of ethnic minority students in school psychology graduate programs. School Psychology Review, 41, 176-192.

Department of Psychology

Pryale Hall, Room 111
654 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2300
Fax: (248) 370-4612