Faculty & Staff

Ph.D. Ohio University

Dr. Mark Hatala has been at Truman since 1994. He received a bachelor's in psychology and history from Miami University of Ohio, and earned both his master’s and doctorate in experimental psychology from Ohio University. A skilled multi-hyphenate, in addition to being a professor, he has been a machinist, an opera usher, a serial entrepreneur, a bus driver, a DJ, a mall Santa, a publisher, a fry cook, a lead singer in a punk band, a market researcher, a financial planner, and a baseball umpire.  Dr. Hatala's current research interests include mental time travel (MTT) and cross-cultural differences in attitudes about romantic relationships. Dr. Hatala has also written popular books on writing in both APA and MLA style. He is a member of the Midwestern Psychological Association, the Artificial Intelligence Foundation, and the American Association of University Professors.  He regularly teaches Experimental Psychology, History & Systems of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Science, and General Psychology.  Dr. Hatala is an avid backgammon, go, and cribbage player and enjoys time spent with his children, cats, and other sapient species.