Faculty and Staff

Natalia Rohatyn-Martin

Faculty, Human Service and Early Learning

PhD (Alberta)

7-154E, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Natalia has consulted locally and provincially. Her presentations include provincial professional development days throughout Alberta, as well as various national and international leading conferences including ICED, ACE-DHH and CSSE. She completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at York University, an after degree in education and her Masters at the University of Western Ontario, and completed her PhD at the University of Alberta in Educational Psychology/Special Education. As a teacher and as the sister of a Deaf sibling who was educated in both specialized and mainstream settings, her desire to educate audiences on the importance of student perceptions of inclusion is a strong passion.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, D/HH, inclusion, fatigue, qualitative research, community-based research and evaluation

Teaching and Research Interests

Natalia is interested in the experiences of students in inclusive schools, professional development (PD) of elementary and secondary teachers, particularly in Deaf Education, and the impact of cognitive and physical fatigue on varying student populations.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Rohatyn-Martin, N., & Norman, N. (February, 2019). Utilizing self-advocacy to promote teacher-student interaction and communication. Oral presentation at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association of College Educators - Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-D/HH). Chicago, IL.

Rohatyn-Martin, N., Hayward, D., Ritter, K., & Van Vliet, J. (2017, May). Inclusion from the student perspective: Insights and implications of narratives of students who are D/HH. Oral presentation at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (CSSE). Toronto, ON.

Rohatyn-Martin, N. (November 2017). Working toward barrier free education: Utilizing perspectives of students who are D/HH to address concerns of fatigue, isolation and access. Jones Memorial Lecture, Western Canadian Centre for Deaf Studies, Edmonton Alberta.

Rohatyn-Martin, N., & Hayward, D. (2016). The challenge of fatigue for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in inclusive classrooms. The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, 23, 23-31.

Rohatyn-Martin, N. (2015). The absence of deaf and hard of hearing student perceptions in inclusive education settings. Proceedings of the 22nd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Athens, Greece.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2019-2021) 
  • President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction, The University of Alberta (2015)
  • Doctoral Award, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2014)

Professional Associations / Memberships


  • Association of College Educators, Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH)
  • Hands and Voices, Alberta Chapter
  • Alberta Teachers’ Association
  • Ontario College of Teachers

Boards / Committees

Inclusive Education Parent and Community, advisory committee member, Edmonton Public Schools