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Alexander Young, MD

UCLA Physician Alexander Young, MD specializes in Psychiatry.
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Hospital Affiliation
Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA
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(800) 825-9989 Appointment Center
(310) 794-7219 Office
Voted Super Doctor
Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1995, 2005
Psychiatry and Health Services Research, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars, UCLA School of Medicine, 1994 - 1996
Mental Health Service Systems and Evaluation, UCLA School of Medicine, 1993 - 1994
Psychiatry, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital, 1990 - 1993
Medicine, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, 1989 - 1990
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1989
Additional Information

Dr. Alexander S. Young is a psychiatrist and health services researcher. He is Director of the Health Services Unit of the VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) in Southern California, Associate Director of the VA HSR&D Center of Excellence at Los Angeles, Professor at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, and Senior Scientist at RAND. He is on the Executive Committees of the UCLA-RAND NIMH Partnered Research Center for Quality Care; and the VA Mental Health Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), a national VA program to improve care. Dr. Young focuses on evaluating and improving healthcare, with a particular emphasis on mental health, implementation science, and innovative health informatics. He leads research grants from VA and NIMH evaluating implementation of effective practices, developing informatics systems to support improved care, and partnering with consumers and clinicians to develop and implement interventions to improve care.

Dr. Young’s research has improved our understanding of the quality of mental health care, provider behavior, and management of care. In 1998, he published, in the Archives of General Psychiatry, the leading method for measuring the appropriateness of treatment for schizophrenia. In 2000, in this same journal, he published the first national study of the quality of care for depression and anxiety. He has also led research on strategies and methods for improving care. In 2000, he published an article presenting a national competency set that defines the attitudes, skills and knowledge that providers need to have to successfully treat people with severe psychiatric disorders. He subsequently published an instrument to evaluate these competencies, and an article demonstrating that a novel consumer-led intervention improved these competencies in a multi-site controlled trial. In 2004, he published an article describing an informatics system for managing care in populations with chronic mental illness, and another describing computerized self-assessment in patients with psychotic disorders. In 2007, he published results from CHIACC, a national project that improved consensus regarding information systems that support improved care for diabetes, depression and schizophrenia. Dr. Young has received numerous honors, including the American Psychiatric Association 2000 Early Career Health Services Research Award, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill 2002 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. He frequently presents and teaches about the treatment of severe mental illness, health services, and improving healthcare.



  1. Tschudi C, Young AS, Ruben L, Patton CL, Richards FF: Calmodulin genes in trypanosomes are tandemly repeated and produce multiple mRNAs with a common 5' leader sequence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 1985; 82:3998-4002. PMID 3858856.
  2. Faraone SV, Young AS, Brown WA: Neuroleptic non-response and affective symptoms: a 2-year prospective study of schizophrenic outpatients. Psychiatry Research 1989; 28:315-321. PMID 2569751.
  3. Young AS, Faraone SV, Brown WA: Correction of serum neuroleptic activity for blood-to-brain distribution: a method that may render radioreceptor assay results comparable between neuroleptics. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology 1989; 9:361-363. PMID 2571620.
  4. Liberman RP, Kopelowicz A, Young AS: Biobehavioral treatment and rehabilitation of schizophrenia. Behavior Therapy 1994; 25:89-107. PMID 9384930. Reprinted as: Biobehavioural therapy in the rehabilitation of psychotic patients. Italian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences 1993; 3:129-138.
  5. Vaccaro JV, Young AS, Glynn S: Community-based care of individuals with schizophrenia: Combining psychosocial and pharmacologic therapies. Psychiatric Clinics of North America 1993; 16:387-399. PMID 8101374.
  6. Matsuda KT, Cho MC, Lin KM, Smith MW, Young AS, Adams JA: Clozapine dosage, serum levels, efficacy, and side effect profiles: A comparison of Korean-American and Caucasian patients. Psychopharmacology Bulletin 1996; 32: 253-257. PMID 8783895.
  7. Grusky O, Podus D, Webster C, Young AS: Measuring the cost and outcome effects of case management teams. Research in the Sociology of Health Care, 1997; 14: 305-325.
  8. Sullivan G, Young AS, Morgenstern H: Behaviors as risk factors for rehospitalization: implications for predicting and preventing admissions among the seriously mentally ill. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 1997; 32: 185-190. PMID 9184463. http://www.springerlink.com/content/x2387162kx158120/fulltext.pdf
  9. Jeste DV, Klausner M, Brecher M, Clyde C, Jones R, ARCS Study Group (Young AS et al): A clinical evaluation of risperidone in the treatment of schizophrenia: a 10-week, open-label, multicenter trial. ARCS Study Group. Assessment of Risperdal in a Clinical Setting. Psychopharmacology. 1997; 131: 239-47. PMID 9203234.
  10. Webster CM, Grusky O, Young AS, Podus D: Leadership structures in case management teams: an application of social network analysis. Research In Community & Mental Health. 1998; 9: 11-28.
  11. Young AS, Grusky O, Sullivan G, Webster CM, Podus D: The effect of provider characteristics on case management activities. Administration and Policy in Mental Health. 1998; 26: 21-32. PMID 9866232. http://www.springerlink.com/content/k4720075uw120r66/fulltext.pdf
  12. Young AS, Nuechterlein KN, Mintz J, Ventura J, Gitlin M, Liberman RP: Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in recent-onset schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 1998; 24: 629-634. PMID 9853794. http://schizophreniabulletin.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/24/4/629
  13. Young AS, Sullivan G, Burnam MA, Brook RH: Measuring the quality of outpatient treatment for schizophrenia. Archives of General Psychiatry. 1998; 55: 611-617. PMID 9672051. http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/55/7/611
  14. Young AS, Sullivan G, Murata D, Sturm R, Koegel P: Implementing publicly funded risk contracts with community mental health organizations. Psychiatric Services. 1998; 49:1579-1584. PMID 9856620. http://www.ps.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/reprint/49/12/1579
  15. Webster CM, Grusky O, Podus D, Young AS: Team leadership: Networks differences in women's and men's instrumental and expressive relations. Administration & Policy in Mental Health. 1999; 26: 169-190. PMID 10339833. http://www.springerlink.com/content/xq11104275175l71/fulltext.pdf
  16. Sturm R, Gresenz C, Sherbourne C, Minnium K, Klap R, Bhattacharya J, Farley D, Young AS, Burnam MA, Wells KB: The design of HealthCare for Communities: A study of health care delivery for alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health conditions. Inquiry. 1999; 36: 221-233. PMID 10459376.
  17. Belin TR, Hu MY, Young AS, Grusky O: Performance of a general location model with an ignorable missing-data assumption in a multivariate mental health services study. Statistics in Medicine. 1999; 18: 3123-35. PMID 10544311. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/66004931/PDFSTART
  18. Kapur K, Young AS, Murata D, Sullivan G, Koegel P: The economic impact of capitated care for high utilizers of public mental health services: the Los Angeles PARTNERS program experience. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. 1999; 26: 415-428. PMID 10565102. http://www.springerlink.com/content/l8jn3452p2337q64/fulltext.pdf
  19. Sullivan G, Koegel P, Kanouse DE, Cournos F, McKennon K, Young AS, Bean D: HIV and people with serious mental illness: the public sector’s role in reducing HIV risk and improving care. Psychiatric Services; 1999; 50:648-652. PMID 10332900. http://psychservices.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/reprint/50/5/648
  20. Young AS: Evaluating and improving the appropriateness of treatment for schizophrenia. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 1999; 7:114-118. PMID 10471250. http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/content/blgvjjtjfd8n8ptg/fulltext.pdf. Reprinted in the Greek edition of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2000; 7: No 2. cont...

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