Melissa Hatton

Adjunct Professor

Department of Exercise Sciences and Sport Studies


Melissa Hatton is a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM, and a NASM subject matter expert. Professor Hatton has been teaching as an adjunct at Cal U since 2010. She also teaches and serves as a mentor in the NASM online CPT Guided Study course, as well as its online CES course. Melissa is a member of the panel of experts on  As a lifelong learner, Professor Hatton has earned the Fitness Nutrition Specialist through NASM and is a Certified Nutrition Coach. 


She is married with two children. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in national parks, taking indoor cycling classes, kickboxing, practicing yoga, and resistance training. 

Research Interests

Professor Hatton is interested in nutrition and its role in fitness, performance, and overall wellness.  She has earned the Fitness Nutrition Specialist credential, as well as the Certified Nutrition Coach credential.

  • B.S.: Sport Management Wellness and Fitness, Cal U
  • M.S.: Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Cal U