David P. Yens, PhD
Director of Research
Born in Boston, grew up as an Army brat. Two years in the Army Corps of Engineers with service in Vietnam as an information officer. Graduate school with an interest in technology and computer-based learning. First academic appointment in the College of Education at the University of Delaware. Started my medical education career at the Medical College of Georgia in the Division of Systems and Computer Services and subsequently the Department of Family Practice. In 1980 I returned north to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as Assistant and then Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In 1987 I moved to the New York Institute of Technology and became director of the Educational Development Resource Unit and Associate Professor of Medical Education at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (now NYITCOM. At NYCOM I obtained several training grants and helped start several departments in a new school of health professions. I joined TouroCOM in October, 2014.
My appointment at TouroCOM is 3/5 time. I am also Research Director for the New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium (part time). My permanent home is on Long Island.
Mon-Wed weekly, 9-6
PhD Educational Psychology
MA Educational Research
Advanced courses in statistics
Associate Professor, Medical Education, Touro
Work closely with residency programs and staff at the Orange Regional Medical Center.
American Psychological Association
American Educational Research Association
International Society for Performance and Instruction
Phi Delta Kappa (National Education Fraternity)
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
American Osteopathic Association
American Academy of Osteopathy
Listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the East, 1983, 1985, 1987
New York State Osteopathic Medical Society President’s Citation
New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium (NYCOMEC) President’s Service Award, June, 2004
Areas of Research/Interest
Medical education and research methodology
Educational technology research and development
Systems approach to curriculum development
Computer based education and testing
Click here to see Dr. Yens' Selected Publications
IAMSE Webinar, How to do Educational Research, January 21, 2016
Evaluation of the Scanalyzer in Elementary and Secondary School Classrooms, submitted to IRC Inc. One year award of $3,500, 1967.
Interaction Between Reward Preference and Task Difficulty in a Computer Assisted Instruction Setting, submitted to the U.S. Office of Education, small Grants Program. One year award of $10,000, 1970. This award funded my dissertation.
Predoctoral Training in Family Medicine, prepared by D. Yens, principal investigator: J.C. Calvert: submitted to the Public Health Service. Three year award of $270,000, June, 1978.
Faculty Development in Family Practice, submitted to the Public Health Service. Co Authored by M.D. Miller. Two years, $180,198, June, 1978.
Beyond Cost Containment: Teaching Medical Students to Consider Psycho Socio Economic Factors Using Computer based Simulations (with B. Dana). Submitted to the National Fund for Medical Education. Two year award of $69,051, 1985.
Predoctoral Training in Family Medicine, Prepared by D. Yens; Principal Investigator: S.Schiowitz. Submitted to the Public Health Service. Three year award of $309,679, July 1991. Purpose: to develop and replicate model clinical clerkships in Family Practice, Community Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Geriatrics.
Faculty Development in Family Medicine: Rural Clerkship Program Management and Teaching Skills. Prepared by D. Yens; Principal Investigator: S.Schiowitz. Submitted to the Public Health Service. Three year award of $381,141, July 1992.
Grant for Establishment of Departments of Family Medicine, prepared by D. Yens, Principle Investigator: E. Sheflin, D.O. Submitted to Public Health Service Bureau of Health Professions. Three year award of $340,912, Sept 1994. Purpose: Provide training for Family Physicians in research and administrative skills.
Family Medicine Graduate Training Grant, prepared by D. Yens, Principle Investigator: E. Sheflin, D.O. Submitted to Public Health Service Bureau of Health Professions. Three year award of $330,000, July 1996. Purpose: Develop graduate training programs (Osteopathic Internships and Family Practice residency programs) at rural locations in upstate New York.
Grant for Establishment of Departments of Family Medicine, prepared by D. Yens and S. Ettinger. Principle Investigator: E. Sheflin, D.O. Submitted to Public Health Service Bureau of Health Professions. Three year award of $284,981, Sept 1998. Purpose: Develop model program in nutrition.
Faculty Development in Family Medicine: Faculty Development in Computer and Video Technology. Prepared by D. Yens; Principal Investigator: T. Scandalis. Submitted to the Public Health Service Bureau of Health Professions. Three year award of $411,299, July 1999. Purpose: Develop and implement training materials in use of computer and video technologies.
Predoctoral Training in Primary Care: Student Clinical Mentoring Program Augmented by Computer. D. Yens, Principal Investigator. Submitted to the Public Health Service Bureau of Health Professions. Three year award of $482,760, July 2002. Purpose: Create a clinician-based mentoring program for 1st year medical students.
Family Physician Faculty Training in Geriatrics. Prepared by D. Yens; Principal Investigator: R.Portanova. Submitted to the Public Health Service Bureau of Health Professions. Five year award of $1,075,987, Sept. 2011. Purpose: Enhance knowledge and skills of Family Physicians in geriatrics, team training, and informal caregiver training.
Member of the Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee of the AAO
Grant and research proposal reviewer for:
- American Osteopathic Association Department of Research
- New York State Department of Health
- American Academy of Osteopathy
Student Clubs & Organizations
Chairman, TouroCOM Middletown Research Committee