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Dr. Alexander S. Young is a psychiatrist and health services researcher. He is Professor at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, Director of Health Services for the VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center in Southern California, and Senior Scientist at RAND. Dr. Young focuses on evaluating and improving healthcare quality, with a particular emphasis on serious mental illness, implementation science, psychopharmacology, measurement-based care, patient-reported outcomes, and health informatics.
Dr. Young has led the development of quality measurement methods in mental health, and conducted research to improve care. He implemented clozapine programs at public clinics. He led a national project that developed a set of competencies that clinicians need to possess to successfully treat people with serious mental illness, and an instrument that measures these competencies. He co-led a multi-site controlled trial of an innovative consumer-led
intervention that improved provider competencies. Since a major barrier to improving mental health care is inadequate information regarding patients and treatments, and inadequate information provided to patients and caregivers, he has implemented informatics systems to support care improvement. Dr. Young led EQUIP, a controlled trial with 801 patients with serious mental illness at 8 VA medical centers in 4 states, in partnership with policymakers. EQUIP implemented and studied the effectiveness of evidence-based quality improvement and patient-reported outcomes (using patient-facing kiosks) to improve mental health treatments. EQUIP increased appropriate services for diet, activity and competitive employment, and improved weight outcomes. He recently completed a randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of a personalized computer system with peer coaches to help people with serious mental illness improve their diet and activity, and lose weight. The intervention resulted in clinically meaningful lower weight compared to in person services and usual care. He has an NIH/NIMH implementation grant to study kiosk-based patient self-assessment of treatment preferences. He is leading a multi-site VA controlled trial of the effectiveness and budget impact of a patient centered medical home tailored to improve general medical care,
psychiatric treatment and cardiovascular health in patients with serious mental illness.
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