Team Yost


Dr. Paul Yost’s Research Team

Dr. Paul Yost, PhD. Director of Applied Learning and Development and Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 1987; M.A., University of Maryland, 1994; Ph.D, University of Maryland, 1996. At SPU since 1999.

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Specialty: Leadership; training and development; employee motivation.
Areas of Scholarship: Leadership teams; employee attitudes; surveys; job analysis; selection systems; research methods.
Areas of Teaching: Leadership, Training and Development, Motivation, Social Psychology.

Talent Management

Dr. Yost’s research program focuses on strategic talent management, change management, storytelling, and church leadership. Strategic talent management are the practices that companies use to develop talent at all levels in the organization to support the business strategy. The deliverables of this work will include research articles on the link between on‐the‐job development experiences, competencies and leadership effectiveness, and how companies can strategically use this information to systematically develop leaders throughout the organization. Dr. Yost is also studying the practices that are the driving factors to make these practices effective. For example, an I-O psychologist might develop a great selection system, but what can he/she do to build it into the DNA of the organization?

Storytelling is also a key focus of for the next two years; specifically focusing on how leaders and organizations strategically use stories to drive change.

Finally the research team is beginning a five-year grant to study innovations in churches that will engage millennials more deeply in the church community.

Across all of these projects, the skills developed in this RVT will include literature reviews, research methodology, statistical analysis, training program development, and research journal writing.