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Meet Joe Hatcher

  • Licensed Psychologist (2011)
  • Ph.D. in psychology, Vanderbilt University
  • B.A. in psychology, Dartmouth College

Even as a young boy growing up in rural Georgia, I was fascinated by my social self, why I did what I did, and how I felt and thought about other people. Over many years, this took me to study Social Psychology as a profession. My interest in other people also led me to want to teach and to influence others in positive ways, and an early professional exposure to Peace Studies led me to incorporate ways of “making the world a better place” into my teaching and my life. Add my family to all of that, and you have my very fulfilling life. I greatly enjoy getting to know students personally as I teach the many courses I teach. I concentrate on the “clinical/counseling” Psychology courses now after returning to school to respecialize in Counseling Psychology, and have done professional mental health work (part-time) in prisons, jails, and now in nursing homes. I really enjoy “doing the work” as well as talking about it with students, and I take student interns with me when I can.


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What teaching and learning techniques work best for you? I tell a lot of stories. Students tell me that these are memorable, and I have lots of them. I try to make them relevant, of course, but teaching Psychology, almost everything is.
What teaching and learning techniques work best for you? I tell a lot of stories. Students tell me that these are memorable, and I have lots of them. I try to make them relevant, of course, but teaching Psychology, almost everything is.

Icon for: What’s your workspace like? It's a bit of a mess, like the inside of my head.

What’s your workspace like? It’s a bit of a mess, like the inside of my head.

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What tech tool could you not live without? My computer, which organizes things for me so I can find them.
What tech tool could you not live without? My computer, which organizes things for me so I can find them.


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