Sean D. Young, PhD

Core Scientist, Methods Core


Sean D. Young, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine and the Executive Director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology (UCIPT). UCIPT bridges together researchers across UC campuses in areas of Medicine, Public Health, Humanities, Social Science, Business, and Computer Science/Engineering to study how social big data (e.g., social media, wearable devices, and online search) and machine learning/data mining can be used to predict real-world events such as disease outbreaks.  Trained as a behavioral psychologist, Dr. Young’s research focuses on two main areas: 1) using social “big data” to monitor and predict public health issues such as HIV, drug addiction, and crime, and 2) designing and testing technologies to address public health and medical issues among at-risk populations, including African Americans, Latinos, and men who have sex with men (MSM). Dr. Young was the Conference Chair for the UCIPT and California Highway Patrol sponsored conference on The New California Marijuana Law and Implications for Health, Technology, and Traffic Safety. He wrote the national best-selling book, Stick with It, on the science behind lasting behavior change.