PresenterPhotoDr. Marcus Hotaling currently serves as the Director for the Eppler-Wolff Counseling Center at Union College. He has been active in local and national psychological organizations, serving as the Mental Health Chair and Secretary for the American College Health Association (ACHA), the Mental Health Chair and President of the New York State College Health Association (NYSCHA), and served on the board and is the current president for the Association for University of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD). Additionally, he currently leads the Mentoring Program for AUCCCD and a Resiliency Task Force for ACHA.

Dr. Hotaling received his doctorate in counseling psychology in 2001 from the University at Albany and has worked in a variety of higher educational settings since that time. Dr. Hotaling worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a psychologist and Outreach Coordinator from 2003-2007, where the school was a recipient of the first Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Grant.

His research and professional presentations have focused on professional ethics, medication use and abuse, sexual assault prevention, behavioral intervention teams, mentoring, and resilience. Dr. Hotaling also teaches classes such as “The Practical Side of Struggle” and “You Under Construction, Scaffolding for Happiness.”

Fun Facts About Marcus:

  • Loves music (has seen Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen multiple times), but cannot play a musical instrument
  • Dad to a son and 2 daughters (one in college, one in high school, one in middle school)
  • Fan of comedy and has done an open-mic comedy show
  • Wanted to be a veterinarian when he was a child, but did not want to do anything to hurt animals
  • Favorite food – chicken wings 

Topics of Interest:

  • College student mental health
  • The importance of failure, resilience, and grit
  • Campuswide mental health policies and recognition of students in distress
  • Counseling center staff retention, wellness, and burnout
  • Social media and mental health/mental health representation in media