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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.
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