Nicole M. Yates
Nicole M. Yates

Nicole M. Yates

Cohort: 2017

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

MA, Psychology (Stanford University, 2012)
BA, Psychology (Stanford University, 2011)
BA, Drama (Stanford University, 2011)



Educational Psychology

Research Interest

Black racial/ethnic identity, motivation, critical quantitative methods


Nicole M. Yates

Nicole Yates is a PhD candidate in Urban Education at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Psychology from Stanford University and her Master’s thesis focused on the reasons students leave STEM majors for non-STEM majors. Prior to attending USC, Nicole worked as the senior research analyst for the National Society of Black Engineers. Her current research focuses on the relationships between Black students' motivation, identity, and achievement.


Professional Experience:

Senior research analyst - National Society of Black Engineers (2015 to 2017)

Director of membership - National Society of Black Engineers (2013 to 2015)

Adjunct faculty: Mathematics - Grand Canyon University (2012 to 2013)

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