Dr. Hartin earned his M.A. degree in 2012 and Ph.D. in 2014 from Kent State University in experimental psychology. He then spent time teaching and conducting research as a visiting assistant professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and the College of Wooster in Ohio over the next three years before transitioning to KSU as an assistant professor. His primary area of research concerns cognitive factors that play a role in young children's language acquisition and concept formation, such as attention, memory, and mental representation. As a complementary line of research, he also examines children's metalinguistic awareness, or children's ability to judge their own vocabulary knowledge. Additionally, he has a relatively new line of research aimed at understanding effective learning strategies for college students in order to help students get the most bang for their buck in classroom settings.