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Director Of The Lab At DC David Yokum On Thursday's Access Utah

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David Yokum is Director of The Lab @ DC. Under his leadership, The Lab conducts applied research projects to generate evidence that informs the District’s decisions. Yokum was previously a founding member of the White House’s Social & Behavioral Sciences Team and Director of its scientific delivery unit housed at the U.S. General Services Administration. President Obama further institutionalized the work in Executive Order 13707, “Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People.”

David Yokum’s team recently completed the largest randomized clinical trial of police body cam outcomes. He will give two talks today (Thursday) at USU: “Tales of Social Science from City Hall to the Oval Office” at 1:30 p.m. in Fine Arts 264, and “The Professor Goes to Washington” in Education 130A at 4:00 p.m. These talks are free and open to the public.


David Yokum’s expertise draws on the cognitive foundations of judgment and decision making and, in particular, how that knowledge and associated methodologies can be extended into applied settings. His public speaking, teaching, and advocacy won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Arizona (UA) College of Science. His work has been published in journals such as Health Affairs, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, American Journal of Law & Medicine, and Law & Contemporary Problems and received media coverage from outlets such as NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, USA Today, Politico, Scientific American, Forbes, Huffington Post, and elsewhere.

David Yokum earned a Ph.D. in psychology (with dual specialization in cognition & neural systems and psychology, policy, & law) at University of Arizona, a law degree from the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, a Masters degree in bioethics & medical humanities from the University of South Florida, and a B.S. in biology from Birmingham-Southern College. He lives in Ward 6 with his wife Sara, son Ethan, dog Tieto, cats Philo and Mouse, and bunny Mr. Bubbles.


Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.