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Brian Yates is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at American University in Washington, DC, where he began working as an Assistant Professor in 1976. Dr. Yates has published 83 articles and book chapters and 5 books. Most of his publications apply cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analysis to the systematic evaluation and improvement of human services.

Working with colleagues at American University at his Program Evaluation Research Lab (PERL), University of Vermont, Ohio State, Fordham University, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Babes-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Yale School of Medicine and at Stanford University, Dr. Yates has applied his Cost → Procedure → Process → Outcome Analyses (CPPOA) model to measure and improve the a) costs, b) cost-effectiveness, c) cost-benefit, or d) cost-utility of:

  • psychological assessment in community mental health centers
  • paraprofessional training in psychological services
  • child management and parent training in office and home settings
  • mentoring programs
  • emotional learning and literacy interventions in primary educational settings
  • programs for preventing alcohol, tobacco, or other substance abuse
  • suicide prevention
  • treatment of opiate, cocaine, and alcohol addictions
  • weight management and obesity treatments
  • gender-sensitive intensive inpatient treatments for substance abuse
  • reaccreditation of substance abuse treatments
  • residential programs for urban youth
  • intermediate care facilities for individuals with mental retardation
  • consumer-operated mental health services
  • clubhouses utilizing the Work Ordered Day to help persons with severe mental illness
  • clinical depression in adults
  • seasonal affective disorder and cognitive-behavioral versa light-box therapies
  • foster care for abused children
  • supported employment programs for persons with severe mental illness.

In addition to his 5 books, Dr. Yates wrote the manual for helping substance abuse treatment programs measure, report, and improve their cost, cost-effectiveness, and cost-benefit, was published in 1999 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

For the past several years, Dr. Yates has taught exclusively online courses at American University in Health Psychology, Theories of Personality, Self-Management, and, soon, Improving Human Services. He also served 6 years (two consecutive elected terms) as both member of the Board and Treasurer of the American Evaluation Association, the largest association of program evaluators in the world. He also developed the MA Program in General Psychology at American University, served as its first director, was Acting Chair of the Department of Psychology for a semester and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences for a year, and enjoys being a full-time faculty member now.

© Brian T. Yates 2012