Kenneth A. Yates
Director for Program Evaluation
Associate Professor of Clinical Education
EdD, University of Southern California
Expert in learning, instruction, motivation and cognitive sciences
Dr. Kenneth Yates is an Associate Professor of Clinical Education and Director of Program Evaluation in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine, and Co-Director of Education for the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CS CTSI) Education, Career Development, and Ethics (ECDE) program. At Rossier, Yates designs curriculum and evaluation programs and conducts research in, and applications of, cognitive task analysis methods to improve human performance, instructional design, and educational technology. At the Keck School of Medicine he conducts research in applying cognitive task analysis methods to capture and document the expertise of the surgical and anesthesia faculty toward developing the teaching methods, materials, and assessments that represent both the technical skills and cognitive processes require d for complex medical procedures. As Co-Director of Education at SC CTSI, Yates helps lead the development of innovative curricula for pre- and post-doctoral training and evaluation of clinical and translational researchers.
His research focuses on the use of cognitive task analysis methods to document the underlying knowledge and skills that experts use to solve complex problems and the design of instruction to effectively teach this expertise to others. He is also interested in how information communication technologies can be used to deliver instruction more efficiently to a wider audience. He has published in The Handbook of Training and Improving Workplace Performance, The American Journal of Surgery, and Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. Yates also teaches graduate level courses in learning theory, motivation research, and instructional design.
Yates has over 30 years of national and international experience in media and technology and has held executive positions at various electronic media companies. He has been a media and technology consultant on a number of USAID-sponsored international training and rule-of-law development projects in Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Azerbaijan. Recently, he developed training and evaluation programs for the US Army by conducting cognitive task analysis and designing training for counterinsurgency operations and bilateral negotiations in Iraq and Afghanistan. And for US Navy ensigns, he conducted cognitive task analysis and designed training for interpersonal leadership and counseling skills. He earned his EdD in Educational Psychology along with his MS in Instructional Technology from the University of Southern California and his BA in Humanities from the University of Maryland, College Park.