Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Northwestern University, 2017
  • M.A., Psychology, Northwestern University, 2012
  • B.A., Psychology, French Studies, Wesleyan University, 2011
Licenses & Certifications
  • Certified English XL Tribometrist (CXLT)
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)
Professional Honors
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2012-2015
  • Certificate in Management for Scientists and Engineers, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2015
  • Certificate in Cognitive Science, Northwestern University, 2014
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship-Honorable Mention 2011
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Wesleyan University, 2010-2011
  • Walkley Prize for Excellence in Psychology, Wesleyan University, 2011
  • Scott Prize for Excellence in Romance Languages, Wesleyan University, 2011
  • Howard Hughes Fellow, Wesleyan University, 2010
Professional Affiliations
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017-present
  • Society for Research in Child Development 2011-present
  • Cognitive Science Society 2012-2016
  • Cognitive Development Society 2011-2016
  • Spanish

Dr. Hoyos has expertise in human performance, visual perception, cognitive development, and information processing. At Exponent, Dr. Hoyos has applied this expertise to a variety of contexts including product liability and premises liability litigation, and the analysis of vehicular incidents. 

Dr. Hoyos has also supported clients in the assessment and analysis of warning labels and user manuals for consumer and children's products. His research has investigated the cognitive mechanisms that underlie learning and reasoning, as well as the environmental factors that can facilitate information processing. He has extensive experience in human subjects testing with both children and adults and at Exponent, he has assisted clients in designing and executing user research studies. 

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Hoyos received a Ph. D. in Cognitive Psychology from Northwestern University. While there, he conducted research on human cognition, examining how analogies and thinking about similarities supports learning in domains such as scientific reasoning, social development, and the processing of complex information and abstract concepts. He was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in support of his work investigating reasoning, explanation, and other cognitive capacities in early childhood.