Robert T. Hitlan

Personal Information  

Ph.D., University of Texas, El Paso  (2002)
Professor of Psychology, UNI
Director, PNE Lab

"In Framing a government which is to be
administered by men over men, the great difficulty
lies in this: you must first enable the government
to control the governed; and in the next place
oblige it to control itself."

 James Madison (1751-1836)

(PNE) Lab

Curriculum Vitae


    Research interests

     My research focuses on the antecedrnets and consequences associated with social and workplace stressors. Within the workpace, I have been  
    examining how ostracism and harassment (including sexual, ethnic, and bystander) impact individual employee and workgroup attitudes and
    behaviors. One important facet of this line of research concerns how individuals respond to being linguistically ostracized by others conversing
    in a language with which the target individual (or group) has extremely limited (if any) ability to understand. We argue that the outcomes/
    effects of such experiences can be viewed by the target individual (or group) as either a  challenge or a threat depending on whether the
    ostracizers are perceived to be ingroup or outgroup members. In addition to examining such interactions via traditional self-reports, we are
    also interested in how such interactions relate to actual behaviors, as well as, neuroendocrine and immunological functioning. The work on
    sexual harassment focuses on the additive and multiplicative effects of experiencing multiple types of harassment. 

    Sample Publications

       Hitlan, R. T., Zarate, M. A., Kelly, K., & DeSoto, M. C. (2015). Linguistic ostracism causes prejudice: Support for a serial mediation effect.  Journal of Social  
Full Text

       DeSoto, M. C. & Hitlan, R. T. (2015). Can Dual Hormones Ever Duel? Neuroendocrine Interactions During Social Exclusion. North American Journal of 
      Psychology, 17
, 555-574. Full Text

       DeSoto, M. C., & Hitlan, R. T. (2013). Vaccine safety study as an interesting case of “over-matching”. Autism / Book 1, ISBN 980-953-307-737-1, InTech open 
      science.  Full Text

       DeSoto, M. C., & Hitlan, R. T. (2012). Fish consumption advisories and the surprising relationship to prevalence rate of developmental disability as reported by
      public schools.  Journal  of  Environmental Protection, 3, 1579-1589Full Text

       DeSoto, M. C., & Hitlan, R. T. (2012). Synthetic folic acid supplementation during pregnancy may increase risk of developing autism.  Journal of Pediatric  
2, 251-261. Full Text

       DeSoto, M. C., & Hitlan, R. T. (2010). Sorting out the spinning of autism: Heavy metals and the question of incidence. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 70,
Full Text

       DeSoto, M. C., Hitlan, R. T., *Deol, R. S., & *McAdams, D. (2010). Testosterone fluctuations in young men: The difference between interacting with like and
      not-like others.  Evolutionary Psychology, 8, 173-178.  Full Text

       Hitlan, R. T., & Noel, J. M. (2009). The Influence of Workplace Exclusion and Personality on Counterproductive Workplace Behaviors: An Interactionist 
      Perspective. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 18, 477-502. Full Text

       Hitlan, R. T, Pryor, J. B., Hesson-McInnis, M. S., & *Olson, M. (2009). Antecedents to gender harassment: An analysis of person and situation factors. Sex   
      Roles: A Journal of Research, 61,
794-807.  Full Text

       DeSoto, M. C., & Hitlan, R. T. (2007). Blood levels of mercury are related to diagnosis of  autism: A reanalysis of an important data set. Journal of Child  
      Neurology, 22,
1321-1323. Full Text

       Hitlan, R. T., Carrillo, K., Aikman, S. N., & Zarate, M. A. (2007). Attitudes toward immigrant groups and the effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Peace and 
      Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 13,
1-18. Full Text      

       Hitlan, R. T., Schneider, K. T., & Walsh, B. (2006). Upsetting behavior: Reactions to  personal and  bystander sexual harassment experiences. Sex Roles: A 
      Journal of Research
, 55, 187-195.  Full Text

       Hitlan, R. T., Cliffton, R. J., & DeSoto, M. C. (2006). Perceived Exclusion in the Workplace: The Moderating Effects of Gender on Work-Related Attitudes and 
      Psychological Health. North American Journal of Psychology, 8, 217-236. Full Text

       Hitlan, R. T., Kelly, K., Schepman, S., Schneider, K. T., & Zarate, M. A. (2006). Language Exclusion and the Consequences of Perceived Ostracism in the
       Workplace. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 10, 56-70.  Full Text

       Zarate, M. A., Garcia, B, Garza, A. A., & Hitlan, R. T. (2004). Cultural threat and perceived realistic group conflict as predictors of attitudes towards Mexican
       immigrants. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 99-105.  Full Text

       Schneider, K. T., & Hitlan, R. T., & Radhakrishnan, P. (2000) An examination of the nature and correlates of ethnic harassment experiences in multiple contexts. 
      Journal of Applied Psychology, 85(1)
, 3-12
. Full Text


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Dept. of Psychology
University of Northern Iowa
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