Kenneth A. Yates

  • Professor of Clinical Education

Research Concentration

  • Educational Psychology


EdD, University of Southern California


  • Learning • Instruction • Motivation • Cognitive Sciences
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Kenneth A. Yates

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Kenneth Yates received his EdD in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California and is a professor of clinical education at the USC Rossier School of Education.  

His research interests focus on the use of cognitive task analysis (CTA) methods to capture the underlying knowledge and skills that experts use to perform complex tasks and solve difficult problems, and, further, to design instruction to effectively teach this expertise to others through media and technology. Recently, he has been researching the use of artificial intelligence to conduct CTA and the use of physiological sensors to measure cognitive load and emotional states during task performance. He has published in The Handbook of Training and Improving Workplace PerformanceThe American Journal of Surgery and Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science.

Yates has over 45 years of national and international experience in media and technology and has held executive positions at various electronic media companies and as a technology consultant on a number of USAID-sponsored international training and rule-of-law development projects in Indonesia, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan. He has also conducted cognitive task analysis to design U.S. government training programs for bilateral negotiations, leadership and counseling skills.