Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2021
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2016
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2012
Licenses & Certifications
  • Certified English XL Tribometrist (CXLT)
Academic Appointments
  • Instructor, Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2015-2017
Professional Affiliations
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Acoustical Society of America
  • Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology

Dr. Yerkes has expertise in human perception, attention, cognition, and auditory processing. She applies her expertise to evaluating and explaining human factors in a variety of settings including transportation and pedestrian accidents, consumer product design and usability, and risk communication and warning compliance. 

Dr. Yerkes has over ten years of experience in experimental design, data collection, analysis, literature review, and scientific communication.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Yerkes received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in human cognition from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In her graduate work, she used behavioral and electrophysiological measures to understand the influence of acoustic properties (e.g., pitch, sound level) and cognitive factors on the organization and perception of sounds in children and adults. Furthermore, she studied how these processes affect the ability to perceive speech in noisy environments and detect auditory changes in complex listening situations.