Alexander Young, MD, Psychiatry, Los Angeles, CA, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

AlexanderS.YoungMDMSHS

Psychiatry Los Angeles, CA

Community, Psychopharmacology, Psychosomatic Medicine

Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Interim Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Interim Physician-in-Chief, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Director, Veterans Desert Pacific MIRECC Health Services Unit

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Summary

  • Dr. Alexander S. Young is a psychiatrist and health services researcher. He is Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Interim Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is Interim Physician-in-Chief of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. He is Director of the Veterans Desert Pacific MIRECC Health Services Unit at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Healthcare System. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Clinical Informatics. Dr. Young focuses on community psychiatry, serious mental illness, and studying and improving the quality and value of healthcare, with a particular emphasis on mental health, implementation science, patient-reported outcomes, and health informatics. He has led research grants studying implementation of effective practices, informatics systems to support improved care, and implementation of interventions to improve care. Recent grants from VA, NIMH and other funders include studying an internet-based, peer-supported system that provides tailored education regarding diet and exercise to people with mental illness; studying computerized elicitation of preferences of mental health patients; and evaluating a housing first program. He is studying the implementation and effectiveness of a Patient-Centered Medical Home model with integrated mental health care that is adapted to improve the primary care of people with serious mental illness.

Education & Training

  • VA Greater LA Healthcare SystemFellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, 1994 - 1996
  • UCLA School of Public Health
    UCLA School of Public HealthM.S.H.S., Health services, 1994 - 1996
  • UCLA Medical Center
    UCLA Medical CenterPost-Doctoral Fellowship, Mental Health Service Systems and Evaluation, 1993 - 1994
  • VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare SystemChief Residency, Psychiatry, 1992 - 1993
  • VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare SystemResidency, Psychiatry, 1990 - 1993
  • Caritas St Elizabeths Med CtrResidency, 1989 - 1990
  • Harvard Medical School
    Harvard Medical SchoolClass of 1989
  • Yale College
    Yale CollegeB.S, Biology, 1980 - 1984

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1990 - 2022
  • American Board of Preventive Medicine Clinical Informatics
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatry

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Super Doctors Selection Southern California Super Doctors
  • National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award, 1993-1998
  • Early Career Health Services Research Award American Psychiatric Association, 2000
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations

PubMed

Journal Articles

  • Calmodulin genes in trypanosomes are tandemly repeated and produce multiple mRNAs with a common 5' leader sequence.  
    Tschudi C, Young AS, Ruben L, Patton CL, Richards FF, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
  • Clozapine dosage, serum levels, efficacy, and side effect profiles: A comparison of Korean-American and Caucasian patients.  
    Matsuda KT, Cho MC, Lin KM, Smith MW, Young AS, Adams JA, Psychopharmacology Bulletin 32: 253-257.PMID 8783895.
  • Measuring the cost and outcome effects of case management teams.  
    Grusky O, Podus D, Webster C, Young AS, Research in the Sociology of Health Care 14: 305-325
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Books/Book Chapters

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Abstracts/Posters

  • Routine Assessment of Functioning: the MIRECC Global Assessment of Functioning Scale (MIRECC GAF).
    Young AS, Niv N, Cohen AN, Sullivan G, Poster presentation at the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development N, Arlington VA.
  • The CHIACC Project: Characterizing Information Technology that Supports Improvement of Chronic Illness Care.
    Young AS, Chaney E, Bonner L, Cohen AN, Shoai R, Dorr DA, Goldstein M, Kerr E, Perrin R, Poster presentation at the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research, Arlington, VA.
  • Implementation of Family Services in Outpatient Mental Health.
    Cohen AN, Glynn SM, Hamilton A, Young AS, Dixon L, Poster presentation at the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research, Baltimore MD
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Lectures

  • Clozapine and other novel antipsychotic medications. 
    Ventura, CA
  • New psychiatric medications and rehabilitation. 
    Torrance, California
  • Novel antipsychotic medications. 
    Los Angeles, CA.
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Press Mentions

  • Alcohol Use Among Vets with Schizophrenia Is Limited but Troubling
    Alcohol Use Among Vets with Schizophrenia Is Limited but TroublingApril 3rd, 2017
  • Alcohol Use in Veterans with Schizophrenia Less Common Than Thought
    Alcohol Use in Veterans with Schizophrenia Less Common Than ThoughtMarch 27th, 2017
  • Online Tools Better for Treating Obesity in Those Who Have Serious Mental Illness
    Online Tools Better for Treating Obesity in Those Who Have Serious Mental IllnessMarch 8th, 2017

Grant Support

  • Web-Based Weight Management For Individuals With Mental IllnessNational Institute Of Mental Health2010–2012
  • Web-Based Delivery Of Move! To Veterans With Serious Mental IllnessVeterans Affairs2011
  • A Model For Management Of Consumer Providers PilotNational Institute Of Mental Health2008–2011
  • Web-Based Delivery Of Move! To Veterans With Serious Mental IllnessHealth Services Research &Development2009

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