Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences, Auburn University (AU), 2020
  • B.A., Psychology, Florida International University, 2010
Professional Honors
  • Recipient, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Dr. Yanes is a Human Factors Scientist with expertise in cognitive neuroscience, perceptual decision making, and tactile sensation/perception, including textures, temperatures, pressure, and pain. Additionally, he has extensively examined effects of commonly used/misused substances (i.e., tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis) on human behavior. He has led human-subjects research across diverse domains including cognitive and behavioral sciences, substance use/abuse and addiction, and functional neuroimaging, and he has supported work on stress, sleep deprivation, and risk-taking.

Across academic, clinical, and industry contexts, Dr. Yanes has developed proficiencies in systematic review and quantitative meta-analysis, experimental design, modeling and statistics, and advanced data visualization and analysis techniques, including sentiment analysis and natural language processing. He works with several statistical/computing software programs including R, Python, and MATLAB. At Exponent, Dr. Yanes actively contributes to programmatic research in the areas of transportation and driver behavior and performance. He has leveraged his training and experience to examine human factors issues in the design, implementation, and limitations of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including driver inattention/distraction, driver monitoring, system trust/acceptance, human-computer interaction, and appropriate use and/or abuse of in-vehicle systems.

Dr. Yanes' research has been funded by the National Center on Compulsive Behavior, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. His efforts have been recognized by national and international groups, including the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. In 2020, the National Institute of Mental Health named Dr. Yanes an Outstanding Scholar in Neuroscience.