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

AlexanderS.YoungMDMSHS

Psychiatry Los Angeles, CA

Community, Psychopharmacology, Clinical Informatics

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and, Associate 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 of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Semel Institute at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is Associate 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 and health informatics. He has led research that characterized health disparities nationally for people with depression and schizophrenia, highlighting disparities by race, gender and age. He has led numerous studies to improve health equity, reduce disparities, and improve the care of underserved and disadvantaged populations. These have included research grants studying implementation of effective practices, informatics systems to support improved care, and interventions to improve care. Recent grants from the 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; evaluating a housing first program; and studying the implementation and effectiveness of a Patient-Centered Medical Home with integrated mental health care to improve the primary care of people with serious mental illness. He has a current grant from VA studying the use of mobile sensor data for illness self-tracking and to improve mental health care.

Education & Training

  • VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
    VA Greater Los Angeles 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 David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center
    UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical CenterPost-Doctoral Fellowship, Mental Health Service Systems and Evaluation, 1993 - 1994
  • UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
    UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare SystemChief Residency, Psychiatry, 1992 - 1993
  • UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
    UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare SystemResidency, Psychiatry, 1990 - 1993
  • Caritas St Elizabeths Med Ctr
    Caritas St Elizabeths Med Ctr1989 - 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 - 2024
  • 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

  • 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
  • Alcohol Use in Veterans with Schizophrenia Less Common Than Thought
    Alcohol Use in Veterans with Schizophrenia Less Common Than ThoughtMarch 27th, 2017
  • Alcohol Use Among Vets with Schizophrenia Is Limited but Troubling
    Alcohol Use Among Vets with Schizophrenia Is Limited but TroublingApril 3rd, 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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Hospital Affiliations