Alexander Young

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Affiliated Adjunct Researcher
Santa Monica Office


M.D., Harvard University; M.S.H.S., University California Los Angeles


Alexander S. Young is an affiliated adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation. A psychiatrist and health services researcher, he is also interim chair and professor at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, and associate director of the Health Services Unit of the VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) in Southern California. He is board certified in psychiatry and clinical informatics. Young focuses on studying and improving the quality 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 NIMH, VA, 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 studying the implementation and effectiveness of a patient-centered medical home model adapted to improve the primary care of people with serious mental illness. Current grants include a project developing and studying the use of smartphone data to predict worsening of symptoms in people with serious mental illness. Young received his M.D. from Harvard University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Professor and Interim Chair, UCLA; Associate Director, Health Services Unit, VA VISN-22 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center