Keith Yeates

Dr. Keith Yeates



Chair: Ward Chair in Pediatric Brain Injury

Faculty of Arts , Department of Psychology

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Owerko Centre


Educational Background

B.A. Psychology, Cornell University, 1979

M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984


Keith Owen Yeates, PhD, ABPP, FCAHS, FRSC, is the Ronald and Irene Ward Chair in Pediatric Brain Injury, Professor of Psychology, and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. He has a 30-year track record of funded research focusing on the outcomes of childhood brain disorders, especially traumatic brain injury (TBI). As of 2018, he had authored more of the top-100 cited papers in pediatric TBI than any other researcher, and he ranks 7th worldwide for total TBI-related publications from 2000-2022. Dr. Yeates was co-lead author of the report of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Expert Panel on Acute Diagnosis and Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury among Children and Adolescents, an invited expert panel member at the 6th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport in Amsterdam, and an invited member of the expert consensus group for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Diagnostic Criteria for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. He is currently the inaugural Chair of the Canadian Concussion Network and the Editor-in-Chief of Neuropsychology. Dr. Yeates has served as President of the Society of Clinical Neuropsychology (American Psychological Association Division 40) and of the International Neuropsychological Society. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and the Royal Society of Canada. In 2020, he was ranked as one of the top 10 most influential neuropsychologists in North America over the past 50 years.


Areas of Research

Brain injury

Broadly speaking, my research aims to better understand the outcomes of childhood brain injury and influences on recovery, and thereby foster more effective treatment and management. My current projects focus on concussion and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), in terms of both assessment and treatment. I am particularly interested in understanding the interplay of neurobiological and psychosocial factors in determining children’s outcomes after mild TBI, and how such factors can be modified through intervention to improve outcomes. I am collaborating with an interdisciplinary group of investigators to address these issues, and also am Chair of the Canadian Concussion Network.


Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
PSYC 623 LEC 01 01 Functional Neuroanatomy Winter 2024
PSYC 625 SEC 01 S01 Clinical Neuropsychology Fall 2023


  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada. 2021
  • Dennis Drotar Distinguished Research Award, Society of Pediatric Psychology. 2020
  • Editor-in-Chief, Neuropsychology, American Psychological Association. 2019
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. 2019
  • Killam Annual Professor, The University of Calgary. 2019
  • President, International Neuropsychological Society. 2019
  • Barbara J. Anderson Lecturer, Psychology Section, Department of Pediatrics, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine. 2018
  • Jane Holmes Bernstein Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. 2018
  • Ronald and Irene Ward Chair in Pediatric Brain Injury, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. 2015
  • Charles Matthews Lecturer, Department of Neurology, University of Wisconsin - Madison. 2013
  • Arthur Benton Award, International Neuropsychological Society. 2011
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, International Neuropsychological Society. 2010
  • President, Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, American Psychological Association. 2007
  • Visiting Fellow, Australian Psychological Society. 2006
  • John Tibbles Lecturer, Canadian Association of Child Neurology, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 2004
  • Independent Scientist Research Career Development Award, National Institutes of Health. 2003
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association. 2000