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Membership Spotlight: Brian Yates

Tue, July 18, 2017 9:19 PM | Robin Kelley (Administrator)

Bad to the Bone

On the day he was born... it was obvious that Dr. Brian Yates was "bad to the bone".... but in a goodway.  He's a tenured professor and cost-inclusive researcher and writer (for 41 years) by day, and a free-spirited motorcyclist that hits the open road with his Honda Goldwing whenever he gets a chance. 

Dr. Yates is a full-time tenured professor in the Department of Psychology at American University. He uses his doctorate degree from Stanford to teach online courses in Health Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Self-Management. His staff of graduate students conducts research on the relationships between the types, amounts, and value of resources consumed in providing human services, and the outcomes of those services. Some of the outcomes they measure are improved psychological health, reduced drug use, and enhanced quality of life. Other outcomes they examine are hoped-for reductions in use of health and criminal justice services, as well as increased earnings. Dr Yates' team conducts, presents, and publishes cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses for human services, broadly defined.
When asked about casting his membership with WE he states, "I wanted to have often and locally what I only got once a year at the AEA conference: camaraderie, support, and inspiration from fellow evaluators of diverse sorts." WE has provided opportunities for him to learn more about different types and applications of evaluation. It also gives his graduate students opportunities to connect with other students doing evaluation throughout the Metropolitan area. In closing, he states "Life-work balance is really important. 

I enjoy working hard, but my personal relationships are essential." 

That is evident as he lives life to the fullest by riding his motorcycle into the sunset, learning the guitar and indulging in hand-dancing with his lovely partner at all the great Washington DC venues. 

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