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William Hills, Ph.D.


Contact William Hills, Ph.D.
843-349-2276 hillsw@coastal.edu

Smith Science 217G 

Office hours: by appointment


Ph.D., Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens  
M.S., Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens 
M.S.W., Social Work, University of South Carolina 
B.S., Psychology, Coastal Carolina College

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Medical University of Lublin, Poland (Fulbright Scholarship)
  • Professor, Coastal Carolina University
  • Professor, Russian State Social University, Moscow, Russia (Fulbright Scholarship)
  • Associate Professor, Coastal Carolina University
  • Assistant Professor, Coastal Carolina University
  • Chair, Department of Psychology and Sociology, Coastal Carolina University
  • Director, Gerontology Certificate Program, Coastal Carolina University
  • Board of Directors, S.C. Chapter of the Fulbright Association
  • Editor, AGHExhange
  • Executive Committee, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
  • Interim Chair, Department of Psychology and Sociology, Coastal Carolina University
  • Policy Board Member, S.C. Center for Gerontology, The University of South Carolina


William E. Hills earned a Ph.D. (1987) and a Master of Science (1982) from the University of Georgia and holds a master’s degree and license to practice in Social Work (1993) from the University of South Carolina. He teaches courses in introductory psychology, gerontology, and history and systems of psychology, and his research interests are focused on the area of gerontology. He has taught gerontology on a Fulbright Scholarship and conducted US-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue grant-funded research in Russia, and he maintains a working relationship with a Moscow-based physician who provides home-based medical services for pensioners and older adults in Russia identified as Victims of Repression.

Hills spent spring 2019 in Poland teaching gerontology on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Medical University of Lublin, where he held an appointment in the Department of Family Medicine. His developing research interest in Poland involves the Opole Medical School and is focused on the virtual delivery of services in behavioral health-primary care integrated healthcare systems.