St. Mary's University 1 Camino Santa MariaSan Antonio, TX 78228 +1-210-436-3011 St. Mary's University logo William Joseph Chaminade St. Mary's University, Texas

Heather Hill, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Departments

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

Courses

  • General Psychology
  • Comparative Psychology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Experimental
  • Learning
  • Developmental
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Advanced Statistics (graduate)
  • Research Methods (graduate)

Publications

2018

Dudzinski, K., Yeater, D., Bolton, T., Eskelinen, H., & Hill, H. M. (accepted). Defining creativity and confirming understanding of the concept in dolphins: research and training perspectives.
Aquatic Mammals.

Mazokowski, L., Hill, H., & Noonan, M. (accepted). Juvenile belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) exhibit sex-specific social affiliations. Aquatic Mammals.

Hill, H., Dietrich, S., Cadena, A., Raymond, J., & Cheves, K. (2018). More than a fluke: Lessons learned from a failure to replicate the false belief task in dolphins. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 31, 1-15.

Hill, H., Dietrich, S., Finn, R., Garza, S., Alvarez, C., Lacy, K., & Kuczaj, S. (2018).  Role of contact in beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) calf relationships. Aquatic Mammals, 44(2), 62-75. doi:10.1578/AM.44.1.2018.62

Hill, H. M., Garcia de Oliveira Silva-Gruber, D., & Noonan, M. (2018). Sex-specific social affiliation in captive beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas). Aquatic Mammals, 44(3), 250-255, doi:10.1578/AM.44.3.2018.250

2017

Guarino, S., Yeater, D., Lacy, S., Dees, T., & Hill, H. (2017). Responses to familiar and unfamiliar objects by belugas (Delphinapterus leucas), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), & Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens). Animal Cognition, 20(5), 823-827. doi:10.1007/s10071-017-1103-9

Hanna, P., Brown, B., Winship, K., Cameron, D., Hill, H., & Kuczaj, S. (2017). A killer whale’s (Orcinus orca) response to visual media. International Journal of Comparative Psychology30.

Hill, H. M. (2017). The psychology of cows? A case of over-interpretation and personification Commentary on Marino and Allen (2017) the psychology of cows. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 4(4), 506-511.

Hill, H. M., Dietrich, S., & Cappiello, B. (2017). Learning to play: A review and theoretical investigation of the developmental mechanisms and functions of cetacean play. Learning & Behavior, 45(4), 335-354.

Hill, H. M., Guarino, S., Calvillo, A., Gonzalez, A., Zuniga, K., Bellows, C., … & Sims, C. (2017). Lateralized swim positions are conserved across environments for beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) mother–calf pairs. Behavioural Processes, 138, 22-28.

Hill, H. M., Guarino, S., Geraci, C., Sigman, J., & Noonan, M. (2017). Developmental changes in the resting strategies of killer whale calves and their mothers from birth to 36 months. Behaviour, 154(4), 435-466.

Yeater, D., Guarino, S., Lacy, S., Dees, T., & Hill, H. M. (2017). Do belugas (Delphinapterus leucas), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), & Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) display lateralized eye preference when presented with familiar or novel objects?. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 30, 1-13.

2016

Guarino, S., Hill, H., & Sigman, J. (2016). Development of sociality and emergence of independence in a killer whale calf (Orcinus orca). Zoo Biology, 1-10.

Harder, J. H., Hill, H. M., Sanabria, K. T., Guarino, S., Dudzinski, K., & Kuczaj, S. (2016). The development of echolocation in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 29, 1-19.

Hill, H., Alvarez, C., Dietrich, S., & Lacy, K. (2016).  Preliminary findings in beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) tactile interactions. Aquatic Mammals, 42, 277-291.

Hill, H., Guarino, S., Dietrich, S., & St Leger, J. A. (2016). The science of killer whales: An inventory of peer-reviewed journal articles. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 3(3), 135-149.

Hill, H. M., Yeater, D., Gallup, S., Guarino, S., Lacy, S., Dees, T., Kuczaj, S. (2016).

Responses to familiar and unfamiliar humans by belugas (Delphinapterus leucas), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), & Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens): A replication and extension. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 29, 1-21.

2015

Hill, H., Dietrich, S., Yeater, D., McKinnon, M., Miller, M., Aibel, S., & Dove, A. (2015). Developing an ethogram of sexual and socio-sexual behaviors of beluga whales in the care of humans. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 2(2), 105-123TC# 2014-02-T

Hill, H., Guarino, S., Crandall, S., Lenhart, E., & Dietrich, S. (2015). Young belugas diversify adult beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) behavior. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 2(3), 267-284. doi: 10.12966/abc.08.06.2015

Hill, H., Webber, K., Kemery, A., Posey, B., Garcia, M., & Kuczaj, S. (2015). A preliminary investigation of sea lions’ (Zalophus californianus) understanding of mirrors to locate an object. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 28, 1-12.

2014

Hill, H., Artz, S., & Lopez, M. (2014). Sex, love, or war? A representation of 20 years of research on the social interactions of animals. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 27, 50-68.

Hill, H., & Campbell, C. (2014). Allocare depends on social composition for belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) in human care. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 27, 501-514.

Hill, H., & Ramirez, D. (2014). Adults play but not like their young: the frequency and types of play by belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) in human care. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 1(2), 166-doi: 10.12966/abc.05.07.2014

Yeater, D., Hill, H., Baus, N., Farnell, H., & Kuczaj, S. (2014). Visual laterality in belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) and Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) when viewing familiar and unfamiliar humans. Animal Cognition, 17, 1245-1259. doi: 10.1007/s10071-014-0756-x.

2013

Hill, H., Campbell, C., Dalton, L., & Osborn, S. (2013). The first year of behavioral development and maternal care of beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) calves in human care. Zoo Biology, 32, 565–570.

2011

Hill, H., Kahn, M., Brilliot, L., Roberts, B, Gutierrez, C., & Artz, S. (2011). Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) bubble bursts: Surprise, protection, or play?  International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 24, 235-243.

2010

Hill, H. M., & Lackups, M. (2010). What and where do marine mammal researchers publish? A review of journal publications regarding cetaceans since 1950. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 23, 414-534.

2009

Hill, H. (2009). The behavioral development of two beluga calves during the first year of life. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 22, 234-253.

2008

Hill, H. M., Carder, D., & Ridgway, S. (2008). Vigilance in female bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops spp) before and after calving. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 21, 35-57.

2007

Hill, H. M., Greer, T., Solangi, M., & Kuczaj, S. A. II. (2007). Evidence for maternal styles in captive bottlenose dolphins. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 20, 34-53.

Before St. Mary’s University

Elsass, W. P., Fiedler, E., Skop, B., & Hill, H. (2001). Susceptibility to maladaptive responses to stress in basic military training based on variants of temperament and character. Military Medicine. 166, 884-888.

Kuczaj, S. A. II., Tranel, K., Trone, M., & Hill, H. (2001). Are animals capable of deception or empathy? Implications for animal consciousness and welfare. Animal Welfare, 10, S161-S173.

 

*Students italicized

Book/Encyclopedia Chapters and Non-Peer Reviwed Papers

2018

Walker, R. T., & Hill, H. M. (2018).  Behavioral ecology. In Jennifer Vonk & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer Interactional Publishing.

2017

Dudzinski, K. M., & Hill, H. M. (2017). Cetacean communication. In J. Vonk & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer Interactional Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_992-1

Hill, H., Dietrich, S., & Guarino, S. (2017). Field of comparative psychology. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1-8). Springer Interactional Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2637-1

Hill, H. M., & Eskelinen, H. C. (2017). Stanley A. Kuczaj, II. In Jennifer Vonk & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer Interactional Publishing.

Hill, H., & Kuczaj, S. A. II. (2017). The development of language. In A. Slater & J. G. Bremner (Eds.), An Introduction to Developmental Psychology, 3rd edition.  Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

Hill, H. M., Yeater, D., Lenhart, E., & Highfill, L. (2017). Comparative perspective. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (pp. 1-12). Springer Interactional Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_968-1

2013

Campbell, C., Hill, H., & Vastano, A. (2013). Creating a comprehensive video ethogram on beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) behavior. Soundings, 38(3), 1-3.

2011

Hill, H., & Kuczaj, S. A. II. (2011). The development of language. In A. Slater & J.G. Bremner (Eds.), An Introduction to Developmental Psychology, 2nd edition.  Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

Before St. Mary’s University

Kuczaj, S. A. II., & Hill, H. (2003). The development of language. In A. Slater & J. G. Bremner (Eds.), An Introduction to Developmental Psychology, (pp. 211-236). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

Kuczaj, S. A. II., & Hill, H. (2005). Maternal behavior. In M. Bekoff (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Greenwood Publishing Group.

Invited Talks

2018

Hill, H. M. (2018). Sense of home: Can captivity be a home for marine mammals? Addressing current misconceptions. Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL, April 4.

2017

Hill, H. M. (2017). Learning from research with belugas, dolphins, & sea lions. Northwest Vista Community College, San Antonio, TX, Oct 2.

Hill, H. M. (2017). Misperceiving marine mammals?: A tale of two settings. Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Interactions, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, Oct 31.

2016

Hill, H. M. (2016). Belugas, killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, oh my! What I have learned from captive studies. University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX, Mar 18.

Hill, H. (2016). To play is to play: Examining play across taxa. Paper presented at the Psychonomic Conference, Boston, MA, Nov 18-20.

Presentations

Recent Presentations

2018

Botero, M., Hill, H., & Dudzinski, K. (2018). When vision is not enough: The need for incorporating “touch” in observations of mother – infant interactions in dolphins and chimpanzees. Paper presented at the 110th meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SSPP), San Antonio, TX, Mar 15-17.

Dudzinski, K., Hill, H., & Botero, M. (2018). Coding contact: Clarifying methods and functional units for comparison across taxa. Talk presented at European Association for Aquatic Mammals 46th annual conference, Rome, Italy, Mar 12-16.

Hill, H. M., & Walker, R. T. (2018). Observing to learn, learn to observe. Workshop presented at the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), San Antonio, TX, Apr 8-13.

2017

Banda, M., Dietrich, S., & Hill, H. (2017). The mouth game: A social developmental milestone in beluga calves. Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, TX, Mar 31-Apr 2.

Calvillo, A., & Hill, H. (2017). Swimming, swimming, swimming: The lateralized processing of mother’s position in beluga whale calves. Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, TX, Mar 31-Apr 2.

Dudzinski, K. M., Hill, H. M., Ribic, C. A., & Bolton, T. T. (2017). Maternal and sibling style: Pectoral fin contact shared within mother/calf pairs and between siblings. Talk presented at European Association for Aquatic Mammals 44th annual conference, Genova, Italy, Mar 8-11.

Gallup, S., Yeater, D., Lacy, S., Dees, T., Kuczaj, S., & Hill, H. (2017). Responses to familiar and unfamiliar humans by belugas (Delphinapterus leucas), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), & Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens). Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, TX, Mar 31-Apr 2.

Gonzalez, A., Hill, H., & Zwahr-Castro, J. (2017). Research experience makes a difference in undergraduate research self-efficacy. Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, TX, Mar 31-Apr 2.

Guarino, S., Yeater, D., Lacy, S., Dees, T., & Hill, H. (2017). Responses to familiar and unfamiliar objects by belugas (Delphinapterus leucas), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), & Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens). Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, TX, Mar 31-Apr 2.

Hill, H. M., Dietrich, S., Zwahr-Castro, J., Mireles, N., & Salgado, M. (2017). Happy music=happy killer whale and sad music = sad killer whale? A pilot study on the influence of music on emotional state of killer whales. Poster presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Nov 9-12.

Hill, H., Dudzinski, K., & Botero, M. (2018). Communicating contact: Do functional units differ across taxa? Talk presented at Comparative Cognition Society 25th annual conference, Melbourne, FL, Apr 4-7.

Hill, H. M., Garcia, E., Pasko, K., & Yeater, D. (2017). How do cetaceans respond to violations of expectations when presented with novel or familiar objects? Paper presented at the fall meeting for Comparative Cognition Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Nov 8.

Hill, H. M., & Pierucci, J. (2017). Teaching the developmental sciences through hands-on learning experiences: The power of observation and reflection. Workshop presented at the Teaching Institute for Society in Research in Child Development annual conference, Austin, TX, Apr 5.

Walker, R. T., & Hill, H. M. (2017). Organization and maintenance of an undergraduate research program with first-generation college students. Talk presented at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, Oct 20-21.

Yeater, D., Hill, H., Dudzinski, K., Bolton, T., & Eskelinen, H. (2018). Defining creativity and confirming understanding of the concept in dolphins. Poster presented at the 25th meeting of Comparative Cognition Society (CCS), Melbourne Beach, FL, Apr 4-7.

2016

Hill, H., Yeater, D., Dietrich, S., McKinnon, M., Miller, M., Aibel, S., & Dove, A. (2016). A summary of beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) socio-sexual behaviors. Presentation presented at the American Psychological Association conference, Denver, CO, Aug 5-7.

Additional Presentations

Castaneda, Y., Hill, H., & Dietrich, S. (2014). Applying the theory of attachment to describe beluga mother-calf bonds: secure base and safe haven (SCPA). Paper presented at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Cavazos, M., Hill, H., Kuczaj, S., Yeater, D., & Gallup, S. (2014). Do Pacific white-sided dolphins pay attention to specific classes of humans? (SCPA). Paper presented at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Guarino, S., Davila, C., Pasko, K., & Hill, H. (2014). What do we ACTUALLY know about killer whales? A review of the peer-reviewed literature. Poster presented at the Animal Behaviour Society annual conference, Princeton, NJ, Aug 4-8.

Guarino, S., & Hill, H. (2015). To see or not to see beluga behaviors involving adults and calves. Comparing focal follows vs scan samples. Poster presented at the Animal Behavior Society (ABS), Anchorage, SK, Jun 4-9.

Guarino, S., Hill, H., & Sigman, J. (2014). Developmental changes in activity levels for a killer whale calf and her mother across three years of life. Poster presented at the Animal Behaviour Society annual conference, Princeton, NJ, Aug 4-8.

Guarino, S., Hill, H., & Sigman, J. (2015). The development of sociality and play in an Orca calf. Poster presented at the International Conference on Comparative Cognition (CO3), Melbourne, FL, Apr 16-18.

Guarino, S., Olague, S., Solis, C., & Hill, H. (2014). Emergence of independence in a killer whale calf during first two years. (SCPA) Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Guarino, S., Hill, H., & Polasek, L. (2015). Do Wild belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) socialize and play differently than captive belugas?. Poster presented at the 21st Biennial conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, San Francisco, CA, Dec 14-18.

Hill, H., Dietrich, S., Finn, R., Garza, S., Lacy, K., & Kuczaj, S. (2014). The role of contact in beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) mother-calf bonds during the first two years of life. Poster presented at the Animal Behaviour Society annual conference, Princeton, NJ, Aug 4-8.

Hill, H., Guarino, S., Crandall, S., Lenhart, E., Dietrich, S. (2015). Young belugas enrich adult beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) behavioral repertoires when grouped together. Paper presented at the Animal Behavior Society Meeting (ABS), Anchorage, AK, Jun 4-9.

Hill, H., Webber, K., Kemery, A., Posey, B., & Kuczaj, S. (2014). Sea lions use mirrors to detect objects. Paper presented at the Comparative Cognition Society (CCS), Melbourne Beach, FL, Mar 26-29.

Hill, H., Yeater, D. & Kuczaj, S. (2014). The role of laterality in the visual discrimination of humans by cetaceans. (SCPA). Paper presented at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Leighton, A., Coronado, J., Garcia, K., Gonzales, C., & Hill, H. (2014). What does a killer whale calf do when away from her mother? Poster presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Lopez, D., & Hill, H. (2014). How do beluga calves rest during the first year of life? (SWPA). Poster presented at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

McKinney, A., & Hill, H. (2014). Synchrony in beluga mother-calf activities during the first year of life (SCPA). Paper presented at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

McKinnon, M., Dietrich, S., Hill, H. & Aibel, S. (2014). The development & topography of beluga sexual and agonistic interactions. Paper presented at the Comparative Cognition Society (CCS) annual conference, Melbourne, FL, Mar 26-29.

Miller, M., & Hill, H. (2015). Tactile contact during socio-sexual interactions in beluga whales. Poster presented at the Animal Behaviour Society annual conference, Anchorage, AK, Jun 4-9.

Nyser, M., Weiman, M., Miles, K., Mangi, K., Dunlea, L., Yeater, D., Hill, H., & Kuczaj, S. (2015). Do belugas form expectations that can be violated when looking at novel humans or objects? Poster presented at the International Conference on Comparative Cognition (CO3), Melbourne, FL, Apr 16-18.

Poelma, B., Miller, M., Gallup, S., Yeater, D., Kuczaj, S., & Hill, H. (2014). The roles of familiarity and activity on dolphins viewing humans (SCPA). Symposium, chaired by H. Hill at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Ramirez, D., & Hill, H. (2014). Learning to play. What belugas do. Paper presented at the Comparative Cognition Society (CCS), Melbourne Beach, FL, Mar 26-29.

Ramirez, D., & Hill, H. (2014). Beluga Play: how do age and sex influence it? (SCPA). Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, April 7-9.

Reyes, L., Dietrich, S., Cox, R., Yeater, D., Miller, M., & Hill, H. (2015). Juvenile beluga displays of socio-sexual behaviors: A matter of practice. Poster presented at the 21st Biennial conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, San Francisco, CA, Dec 14-18.

Yeater, D., Krul, M., Stone, A., Gaylor, C., Hill, H., & Kuczaj, S. (2014). Do belugas form expectations that can be violated when viewing novel humans (SCPA). Paper presented at Symposium chaired by H. Hill at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

 

*Students italicized

Academic Honors and Awards

2018 – Faculty Development Grant, Dr. Melissa Karlin, Co-PI – St. Mary’s University
2017 – Psychonomic Society Fellow
2017 – Sabbatical (Fall Semester) – St. Mary’s University
2017 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2017 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2016 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2016 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2016 – Psi Chi Summer Research Grant, E. Lenhart
2015 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2015 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2015 – Psi Chi Summer Research Grant, S. Guarino
2014 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2013 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2013 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2012 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2011 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2011 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2011 – Distinguished Faculty Award, Humanities and Social Sciences – St. Mary’s University

Awards prior to tenure:
2010 – Alumni Association Award – St Mary’s University
2010 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2010 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2010 – Invited Speaker for Dean’s List Honors Ceremony – St. Mary’s University
2008 – Alumni Association Award – St Mary’s University
2008 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University

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