Sean D. Young


Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Center for Behavior and Addiction Medicine


Sean Young, PhD, MS is an Assistant Professor In-Residence in the Department of Family Medicine and Director of Innovation for the Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine at UCLA. His work focuses on the design and evaluation of social media and mobile technology interventions to promote community and global health among at-risk populations. He is the principal investigator of the first NIH-funded studies seeking to determine whether online social networking technologies can be used to increase HIV prevention and testing among at-risk populations. Additional current areas of focus are: use of social media to increase HIV testing in Lima, Peru; use of Twitter for prediction and remote monitoring of disease; the relationship between social media and sexual risk behaviors in Iran; and methods of using electronic vending machines to dispense HIV self-testing kits in Los Angeles. His clinical work for the Department of Family Medicine is focused on developing patient-centered technologies to increase patient engagement and improve health outcomes.

He received his PhD in Psychology and MS in Health Services Research from Stanford University where he researched behavioral and health decision making using technologies. During his graduate training he worked on creating 3D immersive games for space exploration testing as a user experience and human factors researcher at NASA AMES Research Center.


B.A., Ethnomusicology (2001) University of California
M.S., Psychology (2001) Stanford University
Ph.D., Psychology (2008) Stanford University
M.S., Health Services Research (2008) Stanford University School of Medicine


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