Dr. Yeatts received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1984. After working as a Research Associate for a health care consulting firm and then the American Society for Training and Development, Dr. Yeatts joined the sociology faculty at the University of North Texas in 1988. Since that time Dr. Yeatts has published three books (first author of two), over 50 articles, and over 50 professional reports. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation ($127K), the Texas Advanced Research Program ($100K), and most recently from the Commonwealth Fund ($361K).
Dr. Yeatts has developed a strong background in social gerontology and the study of self-managed work teams in industry. He combined these interests in his five-year study of work teams in nursing homes funded by the Commonwealth Fund and culminating in his book co-authored with Drs. Cynthia Cready and Linda Noelker: Empowered Work Teams in Long-Term Care: Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Residents and Staff (2008).
Most recently (2011), Dr. Yeatts received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in China and examine the effects of village characteristics on the health of the village elderly. He focused more specifically on village characteristics associated with sustainable communities including environmental, economic, political, and social characteristics of the villages. Associated with his interest in the environment and sustainable communities, Dr. Yeatts has organized an Interdisciplinary Research Group of over 40 UNT faculty from multiple colleges and departments with the goal of supporting one another in developing research in this area.
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