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Professor and Vice Chair for Education - Department of Psychiatry
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Vice Chair for Education - Department of Psychiatry
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Program Director - Residency Training in General Adult Psychiatry
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Dr. Young oversees education for the Department of Psychiatry at the Zucker  School of Medicine and the Zucker Hillside Hospital. He also directs the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Zucker Hillside and chairs the Curriculum Committee, which oversees the four year curriculum at the School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Northwell, Dr. Young served as associate professor of psychiatry at the UCSF School of Medicine. He held a number of roles including associate director of the Residency Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry (2005-2012), director of the Medication Management Clinics at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics (2005-2012), and chair for the Advanced Studies Committee at the School of Medicine (with oversight over the Med4 curriculum, 2008-2012). While based at the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center (2012-2013), he was the associate director for the Kaiser-UCSF Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship and a physician investigator with the Behavioral Health Research Initiative at Kaiser’s Northern California Division of Research. During this time, he also helped create a primary care consult service supporting over 120 primary care physicians.

Dr. Young’s research has focused on the intersection of medical education, patient safety and quality improvement and performance assessment. In particular, he has been a national leader in handoffs education and research, cognitive load theory, the "July Effect," and competency-based assessment, with publications in journals such as JAMAAnnals of Internal MedicineBMJ Quality and Safety, Medical TeacherMedical EducationTeaching and Learning in MedicineJAMA Internal MedicineJoint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, and Academic Medicine. He also served as associate editor for AHRQ’s WebM&M (2009-2013). Throughout his career, he has served on local patient safety committees and led efforts to incorporate quality improvement processes into ambulatory settings.

Dr. Young has held leadership roles in numerous medical education organizations. He chairs the Assessment Committee and serves on the Executive Council of the Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training. He served on the APA's Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning. He was a member of the National Board of Medical Examiner’s (USMLE’s) inaugural Patient Safety Test Materials Development Committee and now serves on the Evidence Based Medicine Interdisciplinary Review Committee. In July, 2017, he was chosen to serve on the ACGME Psychiatry Review Committee.

Prior to his career in medicine, he did human rights work in southern Africa and Asia and served as legislative director for an assemblywoman in the California State Legislature where he helped lead several important health policy initiatives.

He received a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Harvard University with a double concentration in Social Studies and the Comparative Study of Religion. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy from the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and a PhD in Health Professional Education from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He obtained his MD from the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine where he also completed residency training in general adult psychiatry.