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Professor Ross Young

Faculty of Health,
Faculty - Health

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Name
Professor Ross Young
Position(s)
Executive Dean, Faculty of Health
Faculty of Health,
Faculty - Health
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - HDHS
Discipline *
Psychology
Phone
+61 7 3138 5780
Fax
+61 7 3138 5662
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Qualifications: Doctor Of Philosophy (The University of Queensland)

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (University of Otago)

Master of Science (University of Otago)

Bachelor of Science (Hons) (University of Otago)

Keywords

Prevention and treatment of substance misuse, co-morbidity and psychosis, cognitive behaviour therapy, genetics of psychological functioning, post-traumatic stress disorder

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Background Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Professor Ross Young, is a clinical psychologist with a research background in integrating genetic and environmental risks for mental illness. He was Executive Director of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) at QUT from 2006 until joining the Faculty of Health in early 2013. Professor Young has research interests in the psychological and biological factors contributing to substance misuse, and major psychiatric illness, such as schizophrenia. He is part of a team that has identified several important risk genes for schizophrenia. He mainrains a Visiting Clinical Appointment at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit (ADAU) and sits on a variety of health related Boards including the Gallipolli Medical Research Foundation. He is Chairman of the Board of Mantle Housing and Patron of the Association of Relatives and Families of the Mentally Ill (ARAFMI) Queensland. He is a past National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy. Professor Young has a visiting research appointment at the Alcohol Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles . Professor Young has published over 200 refereed journal articles and book chapters.

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Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2001
Details
Regular Journal reviewer to Alcohol & Alcoholism, Drug and Alcohol Review, The Clinical Psychologist, Addiction, Psychology and Health, British Journal of Health Psychology, Addiction Research, Drug and Alcohol Review, Australian Journal of Psychology, Australian Psychologist, American Journal of Medical Genetics, The Lancet, Molecular Psychiatry, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Journal of Human Genetics, Neuropsychiatric Genetics.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Community
Reference year
2002
Details
Consultant appointed through competitive public tender to Queensland Health in Mental Health Education and Workforce Development (2002-2004), Quitline Smoking Cessation Service Evaluation (2003-2005), Skin Cancer Prevention Campaign Development and Evaluation (2005-2006).
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2001
Details
Member of 2006 NHMRC Psychiatry/Psychology Grant Review Panel (Panel 5).Chair, Queensland Cancer Fund Prevention and Early Detection Committee and Member of the Anti Cancer Council of Queensland (2002-2006).Representative on the National Committee for Alcohol and other Drug Education in Medical Schools (CADEMS) (1994-2003).Cliincal Research Leader, Department of Veterans Affairs War-related PTSD treatment program (1997-2004.) Appointed as Chair of HODSPA (The Australian Heads of Schools of Psychology Association for 2006-2007 but was unable to take office due to a new Senior university appointment as Executive Director of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at QUT. Served on Injury Prevention and Control Pty Ltd Board of the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (2006), the CSIRO e-Health Research Centre Research and Development Board (2006), Queensland Institutes of Health Board (2006)
Type
International Collaboration
Reference year
2001
Details
The collaboration with Prof Ernest Noble's research team at UCLA has developed over 15 years. This collaboration has resulted in 23 publications including a publication in Nature Medicine (Impact Factor = 28.5, the second highest impact factor of any academic journal), the co-supervision of four PhD students, an international patent and a successful NH&MRC application. Professor Noble is an international research leader in addiction and has been past Chair of the US NIAAA of the NIH and a past US Presidential Advisor on Drugs and Alcohol. The collaboration with Professor Barry Jones's group at the University of Glasgow has developed over the last 10 years. This collaboration has resulted in 3 publications, 1 book chapter, 3 international conference symposia, reciprocal international PhD student exchange and advice.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2001
Details
Invited address: Young, R.McD. & Lawford, B.R. (2004, June). D2 Antagonism is Greater in Antipsychotic Treated Schizophrenia Patients with the A1 Allele of the D2 Dopamine Receptor Gene (Part B): Antipsychotic Adverse Effects. CINP, Paris, France. An abstract published in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2004, 7, Suppl, 121.Invited address: Young, R.McD., Lawford, B.R., Nutting A., & Noble, E.P. (2004, September). Advances in molecular genetics and applications in the prevention and treatment of substance misuse. Addictions 2004, published in Addictive Behaviors, 2004, 29, 1275-1294.Invited presentation: Young, R.McD., Lawford, B.R. & Noble, E.P. (2003, November). A pharmacogenetic approach to the treatment of opioid dependence. Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs National Conference, Adelaide, Australia. Invited workshop: Young, R.McD. & Mitchell, C. (2002, March). Motivational interviewing and smoking cessation in respiratory
Type
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
Reference year
2001
Details
Visiting Research Fellow, Alcohol Research Center, UCLA.Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow.Honorary Professor, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Very young adolescents and substance use: community and family vulnerabilities and healthy developmental transitions
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP130102015
Start year
2013
Keywords
adolescent; alcohol and tobacco use; social influences
Title
Brief telephone interventions for reducing future alcohol use and related harm in young people accessing emergency departments
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1044046
Start year
2012
Keywords
Alcohol Abuse; Brief Intervention; Emergency Medical Service; Telephone Counselling; Youth
Title
Dynamic Social Systems and Adolescent Alcohol/Tobacco use: A New Cusp Catastrophe Model
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP1095883
Start year
2010
Keywords
Health Psychology; Heavy Drinking; Peer Influences; Adolescent; Family Influences; Tabocco Use
Title
Evaluation of Internet-Based Treatments for Comorbidity of Alcohol Disorders and Depressive Mood
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
553059
Start year
2009
Keywords
internet service delivery; clinical psychology; comorbidity of depression and alcohol dependence; randomised controlled trial
Title
Promoting Resilience In Employees Working In High-Stress Occupations.
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0883444
Start year
2009
Keywords
Occupational Stress; Mental Health Promotion; Resilience
Title
Psychosocial Influences Determining Australians' Sun Safe Practices: An Examination of Attitudes, Norms, and Control Perceptions
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0991856
Start year
2009
Keywords
Applied Social Psychology; Attitude Behaviour Relations; Theory of Planned Behaviour; Group Norms; Skin Cancer; Sun Safety;
Title
Cognitive and Behavioural Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Across the Lifespan
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0776922
Start year
2007
Keywords
Nutrition; Behaviour; Ageing; Cognition; Children; Mental Health
Title
Randomised Controlled Trial of a New Intervention for Alcohol Craving
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
455926
Start year
2007
Keywords
Alcohol; Substance Abuse; Intervention Study; Cognitive Behaviour; Clinical Psychology

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