Dr. Hattan is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Literacy Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University.
She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland and earned her M.S.Ed. with a focus in reading from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hattan has worked as an elementary and middle school Language Arts and Social Studies teacher.
Dr. Hattan’s program of research centers on the interplay between readers’ knowledge and what they understand and remember from text. She was the recipient of the 2019 International Literacy Association Timothy & Cynthia Shanahan Outstanding Dissertation Award and was named a Reading Hall of Fame Emerging Scholars Fellow. Her work has been published in Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Educational Psychology, Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Reading Psychology, and Literacy Research: Theory, Method and Practice and she has presented at conferences such as those associated with the American Educational Research Association, Literacy Research Association, American Psychological Association, and International Literacy Association.