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Dr. Matthew Hiatt

Dr. Hiatt loves to navigate students through their journeys in this social psychological world in practical and meaningful ways that empower them to understand and change lives.


Dr. Hiatt is fascinated by human social behavior wants to share his passion for psychology with others. He was born and raised in North Carolina, although you won’t find him with much of a southern accent, partly because his mother is from Minnesota and he lived most of the last 10 years in Idaho and Utah. He did missionary work in South Korea for two years (he speaks Korean!) and loved it so much that he went back for one year to teach English. He love to play games and especially loves playing sports. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son, the cutest people in the world!


  • Ph.D., Applied Social Psychology, Brigham Young University, 2016
  • B.S., Psychology Brigham Young University – Idaho, 2010


  • Social Psychology in the Classroom
  • Relational Teaching
  • Higher Education
  • Group/Team Dynamics
  • Spirituality

Matthew Hiatt
Dr. Matthew Hiatt
Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences