John Young

Professor of Psychology

Researching evidence-based services and methods of clinical training; teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in Clinical Psychology

Research Interests

Evidence-based services; dissemination and implementation; deliberate practice; assessment


Dr. Young received his Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Hawai`i after completing his predoctoral residency at UMMC. His research focuses on how to ensure the quality of treatments provided for mental health conditions is as high as possible, with particular emphasis on children and adolescents. This includes interest in understanding clinical interventions and their outcomes, assessment, and methods of training.


Young, J., Schruff, M., Humphrey, C., Pavlacic, J.M. (in press). Multiple-baseline design study of deliberate practice for learning psychotherapeutic techniques. Evidence-Based Practices in Child & Adolescent Mental Health., Young, J., Bishop, S., Humphrey, C., & Pavlacic, J.M. (2023).

A review of natural language processing in the identification of suicidal behavior. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, 12, 100507., Young, J., Jimenez, A., Pruett, M., Hancock, L., & Schruff, M. (2023).

A randomized controlled trial of a color-coded decision support tool for genetic testing feedback. PEC Innovations. 100119., Young, J., Bhattacharya, K., Ramachandran, S., Lee, A., & Bentley, J.P. (2021).

Rates of genetic testing in patients prescribed drugs with pharmacogenomic information in FDA-approved labeling. The Pharmacogenomics Journal, 21, 318-325., Young, J., & Maack, D.J. (2021).

Incorporating deliberate practice in the process of continual therapeutic skill development. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 28, 267-280.

Courses Taught

  • PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 311 Psychopathology: Integrative Approaches
  • PSY 415 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • PSY 730 Evidence Based Clinical Intervention
  • PSY 740 Adv. Evidence Based Clinical Intervention


B.S. Biology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1999)

B.A. Biology, University of North Carolina at Charlott (2001)

M.A. Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2005)

Ph.D. Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2008)