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Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
Dr. Hatala is a cultural psychologist, community-health researcher, and medical anthropologist with community-based research experience in urban Canadian contexts and rural communities in southern Belize. He became Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences after completing a CIHR post-doctorate fellowship in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan investigating strategies of resilience and mental health among First Nations and Metis youth. This mixed-methods project utilized photovoice methodologies, health surveys, and qualitative interviews, asking 32 Indigenous youth from inner-city contexts of Saskatoon to take pictures and discuss factors that support their health, resilience, and wellness. In collaboration with several youth organizations, this project also involved a community-based KT activity where the stories and photos of Indigenous youth resilience were shared with the wider Saskatoon public during a three-week installation at a local art gallery, designed and implemented by the youth participants.
2015 CIHR Post-Doctorate Fellowship, University of Saskatchewan, Community Health and Epidemiology
2014 Ph.D. University of Saskatchewan, Cultural Psychology
2008 B.A. University of Saskatchewan, Psychology-Religious Studies
Dr. Hatala’s projects involve knowledge generation of key psychological and socio-cultural determinants of health and well-being among Indigenous populations, community-informed ethical practices, relationship building, engagement with critical social theory, and the translation of research findings to support collaborative university-community goals. His published works focus on Indigenous healing and epistemology, Indigenous nosology of mental illness and disorder, culture and spirituality, and resilience and well-being among Aboriginal youth populations.