Dr. Yeater joined Sacred Heart University in the Fall of 2008. She enjoys teaching
and incorporates her research and training experiences with marine mammals in her
classes. Dr. Yeater encourages students to meet with her if interested in becoming
involved in marine mammal cognition and behavior research. 

Ph.D., M.A., University of Southern Mississippi; B.S., SUNY Maritime College 

Teaching Responsibilities: Human and Animal Learning, The Human Journey: The Individual
and Society. 

Research Interests: Marine mammal behavior and cognition. Specific studies have been in
the areas of: dolphin imitation and social learning, the behavior of rough-toothed
dolphins, social association patterns, tactile behavior and communication, the effects of
vessel traffic and swimmers on dolphin behavior, the effects of noise on marine mammals,
and environmental enrichment with captive animals. Other topics of interest include the
study of self-awareness and theory of mind in animals. 



Developing a Catalog of Socio-Sexual Behaviors of Beluga Whales ( Delphinapterus leucas ) in the Care of Humans (with Heather M. Hill, Sarah Dietrich, Mariyah McKinnon, Malin Miller, Steve Aibel, and Al Dove), Psychology Faculty Publications (2015)

The repertoire of socio-sexual and sexual behaviors of cetaceans is relatively unknown. The purpose of...



Visual Laterality in Belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) and Pacific White-Sided Dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) When Viewing Familiar and Unfamiliar Humans (with Heather M. Hill, Natalie Baus, Heather Farnell, and Stan A. Kuczaj II), Psychology Faculty Publications (2014)

Lateralization of cognitive processes and motor functions has been demonstrated in a number of species,...



Effects of an Increase in Group Size on the Social Behavior of a Group of Rough-Toothed Dolphins (Steno bredanensis) (with Lauren E. Miller, Kelly A. Caffery, and Stan A. Kuczaj II), Psychology Faculty Publications (2013)

Little is known about the social structure of rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis), but general knowledge...



How Selective is Social Learning in Dolphins? (with Stan A. Kuczaj II and Lauren Highfill), Psychology Faculty Publications (2012)

Social learning is an important aspect of dolphin social life and dolphin behavioral development. In...



Observational Learning in Wild and Captive Dolphins (with Stan A. Kuczaj II), Psychology Faculty Publications (2010)

Many non-human species imitate the behavior of others, and dolphins seem particularly adept at this...