Sean D Young

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Professor of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine (Primary) and Informatics, Information and Computer Sciences (Secondary)
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2008, Psychology
M.S., Stanford University School of Medicine, 2008, Health Services Research
B.A., UCLA, 2001, Ethnomusicology
Phone: (714) 456-5239
Fax: Twitter: @SeanYoungPhD
University of California, Irvine
City Tower, Ste 640, Rt 128-01
Mail Code: 4064
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
technology, social media, digital interventions, social data, artificial intelligence, public health policy, HIV/AIDS, substance use
1) Kay, A., Jost, J., & Young, S. (2005). Victim derogation and victim enhancement as alternative routes to system justification, Psychological Science (7), 240-246.
2) Young, S.D., Adelstein, A.D. & Ellis, S.R. (2006). Motion Sickness in a Virtual Environment, Proceedings from IEEE Virtual Reality 2006.
3) Young, S.D., & Oppenheimer, D. (2006). Different methods of presenting risk information and their influence on medication compliance intentions: Results of three studies, Clinical Therapeutics, 28(1), 129-139.
4) Young, S.D., Nussbaum, D., & Monin, B. (2007). Potential moral stigma and reactions to sexually transmitted diseases: Evidence for a disjunction fallacy, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33(6), 789-799.
5) Young, S.D., Adelstein, A.D. & Ellis, S.R. (2007). Demand Characteristics in assessing motion sickness in a virtual environment, IEEE Transactions on Visualizations and Computer Graphics.
6) Bendavid, E., Young, S.D., Katzenstein, D.A., Bayoumi, A., Sanders, G., & Owens, D. (2008). Cost effectiveness of HIV management strategies in resource-limited settings- A South African analysis. Archives of Internal Medicine, 168(17):1910-1918. PMCID: PMC2894578
7) Young, S.D., Monin, B., & Owens, D. (2009). Opt-out testing for stigmatized diseases: A social psychological approach for understanding the potential effect of recommendations for routine HIV testing. Health Psychology, 28(6), 675-681.
8) Young, S.D., Dutta, D. & Dommety, G. (2009). Extracting psychological insights from Facebook profiles. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 12(3), 347-350.
9) Young, S.D. & Oppenheimer, D. (2009). Effect of communication method on risk perception and treatment adherence intentions. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 14(4), 430-442.
10) Shoptaw, S., Weiss, R., Munjas, B., Hucks-Ortiz, C., Young, S.D., Larkins, S., et al. (2009). Homonegativity, substance use, sexual risk behaviors, and HIV-status in poor and ethnic men who have sex with men in Los Angeles. Journal of Urban Health, 86(Supp 1), 77-92.
11) Young, S.D. & Bendavid, E. (2010) The relationship between HIV testing, stigma, and health services usage. AIDS Care, 22(3), 373-80.
12) Young, S.D., Hlavka, Z., Modiba, P., & Gray, G., van Rooyen, H., Szekeres, G., & Coates, T., (2010). HIV-related stigma, social norms, and HIV testing in Soweto and Vulindlela, South Africa: NIMH Project Accept (HPTN043). JAIDS, 55(5), 620-4. PMCID: PMC3136617
13) Rice, E., Monro, W., Adhikari, A., & Young, S.D. (2010). Internet Use, Social Networking, and HIV risk for Homeless Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 47(6), 610-13. PMCID: PMC2994071
14) Young, SD. & Rice, E. (2011). Online social networking technologies, HIV knowledge, and sexual risk and testing behaviors among homeless youth. AIDS and Behavior, 15(2), 253-60. PMCID: PMC3029467
15) Young, S.D., Konda, K., Caceres, C., Galea, J., Lee, S., Salazar, X., & Coates, T. (2011). Effect of a community popular opinion leader HIV/STI intervention on stigma in urban, coastal Peru. AIDS and Behavior, 15(5), 930-7. PMCID: PMC3110996
16) Young, S.D., Shoptaw, S. Weiss, R., Munjas, B., Gorbach, P.M. (2011). Predictors of unrecognized HIV infection among poor and ethnic men who have sex with men in Los Angeles. AIDS and Behavior, 15(3), 643-9. PMCID: PMCID: PMC3029495
17) Young, S.D. (2011). Health Provider Recommendations for using online social networks to reduce online health misinformation. OJHAS, 10(2), 2.
18) Young, S.D. (2012). Analysis of online social networking peer health educators. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 181, 253-9. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-121-2-253
19) Jaganath D, Gil H, Cohen A, Young SD. Harnessing Online Peer Education (HOPE): Integrating C-POL and social media to train peer leaders in HIV prevention. (2012). AIDS Care, 24(5):593-6. PMCID: PMC3342451
20) Young, S.D. & Jaganath, D. Using social networking for mixed methods HIV prevention research. (2012). Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine, 1(4s): 40.
21) Young, S.D., & Zhu, Y. (2012). Behavioral Evidence of HIV Testing Stigma. AIDS and Behavior, 16(3), 736-40.
22) Young, S.D., Szekeres, G., Coates, T. Sexual risk and HIV prevention behaviours among African-American and Latino MSM social networking users. (2013). International Journal of STD and AIDS, 24(8), 643-9. PMCID: PMC3855428
23) Gil, H., Gil, N., & Young, S.D. (2013). Online technologies for health information and education: A literature review. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 17(2), 139-150. PMCID: PMC3920588
24) Young S.D., Shoptaw S. (2013). Stimulant use among African American and Latino MSM social networking users. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 32(1):39-45. PMCID: PMC3825678
25) Young, S.D., Zhao, M., Tieu, K., Kwok, J., Gill, H., Gill., N. (2013). A social media-based HIV prevention intervention using peer leaders. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 17(4), 353-361.
26) Young, S.D., & Jordan, A. (2013). The influence of social networking photos on social norms and sexual health behaviors. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16(4), 243-247. PMCID: PMC3624629
27) Young, S.D. (2012). Recommended guidelines for using social networking for HIV prevention research. AIDS and Behavior, 16(7): 1743-5. PMC3459230
28) Young, S.D., Harrell, L., Jaganath, D., Cohen, A.C., & Shoptaw, S. (2013). Feasibility of recruiting peer educators for an online social networking-based health intervention. Health Education Journal, 72(3), 276-282.
29) Young, S.D. (2013). Social networking and diffusion of risks and interventions among youth. Sexually Transmitted Infections, S1, S.15.
30) Rivers, C., Lewis, B., & Young, S.D. (2013). Detecting the determinants of Health in Social Media. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 5(1), e161.
31) Young S.D., Jaganath D. Online social networking for HIV education and prevention: A mixed-methods analysis. (2013). Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 40(2):162-7. PMCID: PMC3869787
32) Young S.D., Szekeres G, Coates T. (2013). The relationship between online social networking and sexual risk behaviors among men who have sex with men (MSM). PLOS ONE, 8(5). PMCID: PMC3642936
33) Young S.D., Cumberland W, Lee SJ, Jaganath D, Szekeres G, Coates T. (2013). Social networking technologies as emerging tools for HIV prevention: A randomized controlled trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 159(5):318-324. [PubMed – in process]
34) Young .S.D., Klausner, J., Flynn, R., Bolan, R. (2014). Electronic vending machines for dispensing rapid HIV self-testing kits: A case study. AIDS Care, 26(2), 267-9. PMCID: PMC3917319
35) Young, S.D. & Jaganath, D. (2014). Feasibility of using social networking for mixed methods health research among men who have sex with men: A mixed methods study. American Journal of Men’s Health, 8(1), 6-14. PMCID: PMC3879119
36) Young, S.D., Chiu, J. (2014). Use of Mobile Technologies for HIV Prevention, Testing, and Treatment: Evidence, Suggestions, and the Way Forward. JMTM, 3(1s), 1-3.
37) Smith, A. & Young, S.D. (2014). Marketing, Technology, and Medicine: Recommendations on How to Incorporate Psychological Principles into New Technologies to Promote Healthy Behaviors, JCHI, 18(3).
38) Young, SD., Holloway, I., Swendeman, D. (2014). Incorporating guidelines for use of mobile technologies in health research and practice. International Health, 6(2), 79-81. PMCID: PMC4110476
39) Young, S.D., Shakiba, A., Kwok, J., Montazeri, M.S. (2014). The influence of online social networking on female religious veil-wearing behavior in Iran. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17(5), 317-21. PMCID: PMC4012633
40) Young, S.D. (2014). Social media technologies for HIV prevention study retention. AIDS and Behavior, 18(9), 1625-1629.
41) Chiu, C., Menacho, L. & Young, S.D. (2014). The association between age and ethics-related issues in using social media for HIV prevention in Peru. Ethics and Behavior. 12: 1-11 DOI:10.1080/10508422.2014.991868
42) Royer, H.R., Young, S.D., Falk, E.C. (2014). Sex and social media: New venues for hookups and new opportunities for interventions, Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, 25(3), 542-552.
43) Marlin, R.W., Young, S.D., Bristow, C.C., Wilson, G., Rodriguez, J., Ortiz, J., Mathew, R., and Klausner, J.D. (2014). Piloting an HIV self-test kit voucher program to raise serostatus awareness of high-risk African Americans, Los Angeles. BMC Public Health. 14:1226 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1226
44) Young, S.D., Daniels, J., Chiu, C., Kwok, J., Flynn, R., Bolan, R., & Klausner, J.D. (2014). Acceptability of using electronic vending machines to deliver oral rapid HIV self-testing kits: A qualitative study, PLOS ONE, 9(7): e103790. PMCID: PMC4116256
45) Young, S.D., Holloway, I., Jaganath, D., Rice, E., Westmoreland, D., Coates, T. (2014) Project HOPE: Online social network changes in an HIV prevention RCT for African American and Latino Men who have Sex with Men. American Journal of Public Health, 104(9).
46) Young, S.D., Rivers, K., & Lewis, B. (2014). Methods of using real-time social media technologies for detection and remote monitoring of HIV outcomes. Preventive Medicine 63: 112-15 PMCID: PMC4031268
47) Young, S.D. (2014). Behavioral insights on big data: Using social media for predicting biomedical outcomes. Cell: Trends in Microbiology. 22(11): 601-602 DOI:10.1016/j.tim.2014.08.004
48) Chiu, C & Young, S.D. (2015). The Relationship Between Online Social Network Use, Sexual Risk Behaviors, and HIV Sero-Status Among a Sample of Predominately African American and Latino Men Who have Sex with Men (MSM) Social Media Users. AIDS and Behavior, 19(supp2).
49) Young, S.D., Belin, T., Klausner, J. and Valente, T. (2015). Methods for Measuring Diffusion of a Social Media-Based Health Intervention. Social Networking, 4(2), 41-46.
50) Huang, E., Marlin, RW, Young, SD, Daniels, J, Klausner, JD. (2015). Cost-effectiveness of HIV self-testing promotion through Grindr, a smartphone social networking application. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 91 (Supp 2).
51) Chiu, J., Menacho, L. , Fisher, C., and Young, S.D. (2015). Ethics issues in social media-based HIV prevention in low- and middle-income countries. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 24(3).
52) Young, S.D., Swendeman, D., Holloway, I.W., Reback, C.J., and Kao, U. (2015). Use of Technology to Address Substance Use in the Context of HIV: A Systematic Review. Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 12(4).
53) Menacho, L. Galea, J., & Young, S.D. (2015). Feasibility of recruiting peer educators to promote HIV testing using Facebook among men who have sex with men in Peru. AIDS and Behavior, 19(2).
54) Young, S.D. (2015). A "big data" approach to HIV Epidemiology and Prevention. Preventive Medicine, 70(17).
55) Krueger, E. & Young, S.D. (2015). Twitter: A Novel Tool for Studying the Health and Social Needs of Transgender Communities. JMIR Mental Health, 2(2), e16.
56) Young, S.D. Cumberland W., Nianogo, R., Menacho L., Galea, J., & Coates T. (2015). The HOPE Social Media Intervention for Global HIV Prevention: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in Peru. Lancet HIV, 2(1).
57) Chiu, C., Menacho, L., & Young, S.D. (2016). The Association Between Age and Ethics-Related Issues in Using Social Media for HIV Prevention in Peru. Ethics and Behavior, 26(2).
58) Garett, R., Smith, J., Chiu, J., & Young, S.D. (2016). HIV/AIDS stigma among primarily African American and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) social media users. AIDS Care, 28(6).
59) Daniels, J., Rosengren, L., Young, S.D., & Klausner, J. (2016). Will men who have sex with men use short messaging services to send photos of completed HIV self-tests to researchers? Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 27(5).
60) Garett, R., Chiu, C., Zhang, L., Young, S.D. (2016). A Literature Review: Website Design and User Engagement. OJCMT, 6(3).
61) Chiu, C & Young, S.D. (2016). Correlates of requesting home HIV self-testing kits on online social networks among African American and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM). AIDS Care, 28(3).
62) Krueger, E. Chiu, C., Menacho, L., & Young, S.D. (2016). HIV testing among social media-using Peruvian men who have sex with men: correlates and social context. AIDS Care, 28(10).
63) Davey, J., Bustamonte, M.J., Wang, D., Young, S.D., Klausner, J.D. (2016). Prep continuum of care for MSM in Atlanta and Los Angeles. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 62(3).
64) Garett, R., Smith, J., and Young, S.D. (2016). A Review of Social Media Technologies Across the Global HIV Care Continuum. Current Opinion in Psychology, 1(9).
65) Huang, E., Marlin, R., Young, S.D., Medline, A., and Klausner, J.D. (2016). Using Grindr, a Smartphone Social-Networking Application, to Increase HIV Self-Testing Among Black and Latino Men Who Have Sex With Men in Los Angeles, 2014. AIDS Education and Prevention, 28(4).
66) Garett, R., Liu, S., and Young, S.D. (2016). The Relationship Between Social Media Use and Sleep Quality among Undergraduate Students. Information, Communication, and Society.
67) Liu, S. & Young, S.D. (2016). A survey of social media data analysis for physical activity surveillance. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
68) Garett, R., & Young, S.D. (2016). Associations Between Social Media and Cyberbullying: A Review of the Literature. mHealth. PMCID: PMC5344141
69) Rosengren AL, Huang E, Daniels J, Young S.D., Marlin RW, Klausner JD. (2016). Feasibility of using GrindrTM to distribute HIV self-test kits to men who have sex with men in Los Angeles, California. Sexual Health. 2016 May 23. doi: 10.1071/SH15236.
70) Bychkov, D., & Young, S.D. (2017). Social Media as a Tool to Reduce Sexual Misconduct in Medical Facilities. American Journal of Medical Quality. PMID: 28134559
71) Garett, R, Menacho, M., Young, S.D. (2017). Ethical Issues in using social media to deliver an HIV prevention intervention: Results from the HOPE Peru Study. Prevention Science. PMCID: PMC5726406
72) Melvin, S., Yu, W. Young, S.D., Wang, W. (2017). Event Detection and Summarization using Phrase Networks: PhraseNet. Proceedings of the European Conference on Machine Learning Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (PKDD).
73) Medline A, Daniels J, Marlin R, Young S.D., Wilson G, Huang E, Klausner JD. (2017). HIV Testing Preferences Among MSM Members of an LGBT Community Organization in Los Angeles. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2017 May - Jun;28(3):363-371. doi:10.1016/j.jana.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Jan 12.
74) Bychkov, D. & Young, S.D. (2017). Social Media as a Tool to Monitor Adherence to HIV Antiretroviral Therapy. Journal of Clinical and Translational Research, 2017, 3(S3): 2. Published online: March 20, 2018. DOI:
75) Garett. R., Liu, S., & Young, S.D. (2017). A Longitudinal Analysis of Stress Among Incoming College Freshman. Journal of American College Health. PMID: 28362146
76) Liu, S., Yu, D.J. Zhu, M., Rasin, A., Young, S.D. (2017). Using Real-Time Social Media Technologies to Monitor Levels of Perceived Stress and Emotional State in College Students: A Web-Based Questionnaire Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). PMCID: 5263861
77) Young, S.D. & Heinzerling, K. (2017). The Harnessing Online Peer Education (HOPE) Intervention for Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Substance Abuse. PMCID: PMC5854394
78) Young, S.D., Wu, W., & Wang, W. (2017). Toward Automating HIV Identification: Machine Learning for Rapid Identification of HIV-related Social Media Data. Journal of AIDS (JAIDS). PMID: 28079723
79) Utengen, A., Rouholiman, D., Gamble, J.G., Grajales, F.J., Pradhan, N., Staley, A. C., Bernstein, L., Young, S.D., Clauson, K.A., Chu, L.F. (2017). Patient participation at health care conferences: Engaged patients increase information flow, expand propagation, and deepen engagement in the conversation of tweets compared to physicians or researchers, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). PMID: 28818821
80) Daniels, J., Marlin, R., Medline, A., Young, S.D., Klausner, J. (2018). Getting HIV self-test kits into the home for young African American MSM in Los Angeles: A qualitative report. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. PMCID: PMC5742295
81) Garett, R., Krueger, E., & Young, S.D. (2018). Racial disparities in social media use, sexual risk behaviors, and HIV/AIDS stigma among men who have sex with men. HIV & AIDS Review. International Journal of HIV-Related Problems, 17(3), 176-180.
82) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (2018). Risk behaviors among sexual partners of African American and Latino online social network–using men who have sex with men, HIV & AIDS Review. DOI:
83) Liu, S., Zhu, M., & Young, S.D. (2018). Monitoring Freshman College Experience using Twitter: A content analysis of Tweets, JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. PMID: 29326096
84) Stafylis, C., Murky, J.A., McGrath, M., Natoli, L., Young, S.D., Klausner, J. (2018). Vending machines in commercial sex venues to increase HIV self-testing among men who have sex with men, mHealth. PMCID: PMC6232061
85) Young, S.D., Zhang., Q. (2018). Using Search Engine Big Data for Predicting New HIV Diagnoses, PLoS ONE, 13(7), e0199527.
86) Young, S.D. & Garett, R. (2018). Ethical Issues in Addressing Social Media Posts about Suicidal Intentions During an Online Study among Youth: A Case Study JMIR Mental Health. PMCID: PMC5958279
87) Young, S.D. (2018). Social Media as a New Vital Sign: Commentary, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), 20(4), e161.
88) Young, S.D. (2018). Robots' Potential Social Influence on Conformity among Children. Science - Robotics. Vol. 3, Issue 21, eaat7111, available electronically at
89) Young, S.D., Mercer, N., Weiss, R., Torrone, L,. Aral, S.O. (2018). Using Social Media as a Tool to Predict Syphilis. Preventive Medicine. PMID: 29278678
90) Young, S.D., Zheng, K., Chu, L., Humphreys, K. (2018). Internet Searches for Opioids Predict Future Emergency Department Heroin Admissions. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. PMID: 30036853
91) Zhang, Q., Chayi, C., Young, S.D., Xiao, M. (2018). Using internet search data to predict new HIV diagnoses in China: A modeling study, BMJ Open. PMCID: PMC6196849
92) Gill, H. & Young, S.D. (2019) Exploring cannabis use reasons and experiences among mobile cannabis delivery patients, Journal of Substance Use, 24:1, 15-20, DOI: 10.1080/14659891.2018.1489012
93) Davis, A. K., Arterberry, B. J., Schneeberger, D., Bonar, E. E., Bauermeister, J. A., Young, S. D., Cunningham, R. M., & Walton, M. A. (2020). Evaluation of the dualistic model of passion for alcohol consumption among emerging adults engaged in risky drinking. Addiction Research & Theory, 28(1), 21–28.
94) Garett, R., & Young, S. D. (2019). Health Care Gamification: A Study of Game Mechanics and Elements. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 24(3), 341–353.
95) Plant, A., Snow, E. G., Montoya, J. A., Young, S., Javanbakht, M., & Klausner, J. D. (2020). Test4HepC: Promoting Hepatitis C Testing to Baby Boomers Using Social Media. Health Promotion Practice, 21(5), 780–790.
96) Wang, Y., Yu, W., Liu, S., & Young, S. D. (2019). The Relationship Between Social Media Data and Crime Rates in the United States. Social Media + Society, 5(1), 2056305119834585.
97) Young, S. D., Koussa, M., Lee, S.-J., Perez, H., Gill, N., Gelberg, L., & Heinzerling, K. (2018). Feasibility of a social media/online community support group intervention among chronic pain patients on opioid therapy. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 37(1–2), 96–101.
98) Young, S. D., Torrone, E. A., Urata, J., & Aral, S. O. (2018). Using Search Engine Data as a Tool to Predict Syphilis: Epidemiology, 29(4), 574–578.
99) Shehada ER, He L, Eikey E, Jen M, Wong A, Young SD, Zheng K. (2019). Characterizing frequent flyers of an emergency department using cluster analysis. In: Proceedings of the 2019 World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics (MEDINFO ’19), 158-61 PMID: 31437905.
100) Shah, M., Garett, R., Hristidis, V., Young, S.D. (2019). Anonymous social media for identifying cyberbullying among college students. Proceedings from HICCS 2019.
101) Jiang, J.-Y., Sun, X., Wang, W., & Young, S. (2019). Enhancing Air Quality Prediction with Social Media and Natural Language Processing. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 2627–2632.
102) Li, D. H., Brown, C. H., Gallo, C., Morgan, E., Sullivan, P. S., Young, S. D., & Mustanski, B. (2019). Design Considerations for Implementing eHealth Behavioral Interventions for HIV Prevention in Evolving Sociotechnical Landscapes. Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 16(4), 335–348.
103) Benbow, N., Kirkpatrick, C., Gupta, A., Villamar, J., Chernyshov, K., Cramer, N., Mena, L., Mayer, R., Young, S.D. (In Press). A Mixed-Methods Iterative Process of Integrating and Developing Big Data Modeling and Visualization Tools for Public Health Officials, Sage Research Methods Cases.
104) Young, S. D., Wang, W., & Chakravarthy, B. (2019). Crowdsourced Traffic Data as an Emerging Tool to Monitor Car Crashes. JAMA Surgery, 154(8), 777.
105) Jiang, J.-Y., Chao, Z., Bertozzi, A. L., Wang, W., Young, S. D., & Needell, D. (2019). Learning to Predict Human Stress Level with Incomplete Sensor Data from Wearable Devices. Proceedings of the 28th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, 2773–2781.
106) Melvin, S., Jamal, A., Wang, W., Young, S.D. (In Press). Assessing Sleep Quality Using a Wearable Activity and Sleep Tracking Device. JMIR Mental Health.
107) Lee, S.-J., Koussa, M., Gelberg, L., Heinzerling, K., & Young, S. D. (2020). Somatization, mental health and pain catastrophizing factors associated with risk of opioid misuse among patients with chronic non-cancer pain. Journal of Substance Use, 25(4), 357–362.
108) Young, L., Soliz, S., Xu, J.J., Young, S.D. (2020). A Review of Social Media Analytic Tools and their Applications to Evaluate Activity and Engagement in Online Sexual Health Interventions. Preventive Medicine Reports, 19, 101158.
109) Young, S. D. (2020). The Adaptive Behavioral Components (ABC) Model for Planning Longitudinal Behavioral Technology-Based Health Interventions: A Theoretical Framework. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(6), e15563.
110) Marsch, L. A., Campbell, A., Campbell, C., Chen, C.-H., Ertin, E., Ghitza, U., Lambert-Harris, C., Hassanpour, S., Holtyn, A. F., Hser, Y.-I., Jacobs, P., Klausner, J. D., Lemley, S., Kotz, D., Meier, A., McLeman, B., McNeely, J., Mishra, V., Mooney, L., … Young, S. (2020). The application of digital health to the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders: The past, current, and future role of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 112, 4–11.
111) Young, S. D., Lee, S.-J., Perez, H., Gill, N., Gelberg, L., & Heinzerling, K. (2020). Social media as an emerging tool for reducing prescription opioid misuse risk factors. Heliyon, 6(3), e03471.
112) Rivas, R., Shahbazi, M., Garett, R., Hristidis, V., & Young, S. (2020). Mental Health–Related Behaviors and Discussions Among Young Adults: Analysis and Classification. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(5), e17224.
113) Zheng, C., Zhang, C., Zhang, Q., Long, G., Young, S.D., Wang, W. (2020). Measuring Time-Sensitive and Topic-Specific Influence in Social Networks with LSTM and Self-Attention. IEEE Access, 8(1), 82481-82492.
114) Bonar, E. E., Schneeberger, D. M., Bourque, C., Bauermeister, J. A., Young, S. D., Blow, F. C., Cunningham, R. M., Bohnert, A. S., Zimmerman, M. A., & Walton, M. A. (2020). Social Media Interventions for Risky Drinking Among Adolescents and Emerging Adults: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(5), e16688.
115) Zheng, C., Jiang, J.-Y., Zhou, Y., Young, S. D., & Wang, W. (2020). Social Media User Geolocation via Hybrid Attention. In Proceedings of the 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (pp. 1641–1644). Association for Computing Machinery.
116) Soliz, S., & Young, S. D. (2020). Feasibility of a citizen-driven hackathon to increase public engagement and solutions to address the opioid crisis. Journal of Substance Use, 25(6), 615–620.
117) Lemley, S. M., Klausner, J. D., Young, S. D., Stafylis, C., Mulatya, C., Oden, N., Xie, H., Revoredo, L., Shmueli-Blumberg, D., Hichborn, E., McKelle, E., Moran, L., Jacobs, P., & Marsch, L. A. (2020). Comparing Web-Based Platforms for Promoting HIV Self-Testing and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Uptake in High-Risk Men Who Have Sex With Men: Protocol for a Longitudinal Cohort Study. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(10), e20417.
118) Zheng, C., Zhang, Q., Young, S., & Wang, W. (2020). On-demand Influencer Discovery on Social Media. In Proceedings of the 29th ACM International Conference on Information & Knowledge Management (pp. 2337–2340). Association for Computing Machinery.
119) Young, S. D., & Schneider, J. (2020). Clinical Care, Research, and Telehealth Services in the Era of Social Distancing to Mitigate COVID-19. AIDS and Behavior, 24(7), 2000–2002.
120) Hong, V., Iwamoto, S. K., Goto, R., Young, S., Chomduangthip, S., Weeranakin, N., & Nishi, A. (2020). Socio-demographic determinants of motorcycle speeding in Maha Sarakham, Thailand. PLOS ONE, 15(12), e0243930.
121) Heerden, A. van, & Young, S. (2020). Use of social media big data as a novel HIV surveillance tool in South Africa. PLOS ONE, 15(10), e0239304.
122) Singh, P., Cumberland, W. G., Ugarte, D., Bruckner, T.-A., & Young, S. D. (2020). Association Between Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scores and Online Activity Among US Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Cross-Sectional Analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(9), e21490.
123) Nishi, A., Lee, L., Takasaki, Y., Young, S.D. (2021). Revisiting the County/city-level Event Risk Assessment during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Infection.
124) Romero, R., Young, S.D. (In Press). Ethical Perspectives in Sharing Digital Data for Public Health Surveillance Before and Shortly After the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ethics and Behavior.
125) Nishi, A., Dewey, G., Endo, A., Neman, S., Iwamoto, S. K., Ni, M. Y., Tsugawa, Y., Iosifidis, G., Smith, J. D., & Young, S. D. (2020). Network interventions for managing the COVID-19 pandemic and sustaining economy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(48), 30285–30294.
126) Young, S.D., Zhang, Q., Zhou, J., Pacula, R. L. (2021). Internet Search and Medicaid Prescription Drug Data as Predictors of Opioid Emergency Department Visits. Npj Digital Medicine, 4(1), 1-6.
127) Flores, L., Young., S.D. (2021). Regional Variation in Discussion of Opioids on Social Media. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 1-8.
128) Ugarte, D. A., Cumberland, W. G., Flores, L., & Young, S. D. (2021). Public Attitudes About COVID-19 in Response to President Trump’s Social Media Posts. JAMA Network Open, 4(2), e210101.
129) Zhu M X, Wu C H, Zheng K, Young S.D., Huang S J, Yan X L, Yuan Q J. (2021). Privacy Paradox in mHealth Applications: An Integrated Elaboration Likelihood Model Incorporating Privacy Calculus and Privacy Fatigue. Telematics and Informatics.
130) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (2022). The Impact of Misinformation and Health Literacy on HIV Prevention and Service Usage. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 33(1).
131) Romero, R. Young, S.D. (In Press). Adolescents and Opioid-Related Outcomes Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Addictive Diseases.
132) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (In Press). Digital Public Health Surveillance Tools for Alcohol Use and HIV Risk Behaviors. AIDS and Behavior.
133) Romero, R, Young. S.D. (In Press). Public perception on the use of artificial intelligence in health and implementation considerations. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.
134) Bonar, E.E., Chapman, L., McAfee, J., Golstick, J.E., Bauermeister, J.A>, Carter, P.A., Young, S.D., Walton, M.A. (2021). Perceived impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on cannabis-using emerging adults. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 11(6).
135) Coughlin, L.N., Bonar, E.E., Bohnert, A.S.B., Blow, F.C., Bauermeister, J.A., Cross, Y., Cunningham, R., Young, S.D. & Walton, M.A. (2021). Patterns of same-day alcohol and cannabis use in adolescents and young adults with risky alcohol use. Addiction Research and Theory. DOI: 10.1080/16066359.2021.1936511
136) Young, S.D., Goldstein, N. (In Press). Applying Social Norms Interventions to Increase Adherence to COVID-19 Prevention and Control Guidelines. Preventive Medicine.
137) Zheng, C., Wang, W., Young, S.D. (In Press). Identifying HIV-related digital social influencers using an iterative deep learning approach. AIDS.
138) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (In Press). Geolocation, ethics, and HIV research. Health and Technology, 1-5.
139) Qiao, S., Li, X., Olatosi, B., and Young, S.D. (In Press). Utilizing Big Data analytics and electronic health record (EHR) data in HIV prevention, treatment, and care research: A literature review. AIDS Care.
140) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (In Press). Potential effects of digital inequality on treatment seeking for opioid use disorder. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.
141) Su, N., Schneider, J., Young, S.D. (In Press). The Role of Conversational Agents for Substance Use Disorder in Social Distancing Contexts. Substance Use and Misuse.
142) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (In Press). Online Misinformation and Vaccine Hesitancy. Translational Behavioral Medicine.
143) Bonar EE, Souweidane MA, Blow FC, Bohnert ASB, Bauermeister JA, Young SD, & Walton MA. (In Press). High-Intensity Drinking among Adolescent and Emerging Adult Risky Drinkers. Substance Abuse.
144) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (In Press). The importance of diverse key stakeholders in deciding the role of artificial intelligence for HIV research and policy. Health Policy and Technology.
145) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (In Press). The potential application of blockchain technology in HIV research, clinical practice, and community settings. Health and Technology.
146) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (In Press). The role of social media in monitoring COVID-19 vaccine uptake, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.
147) Young, S.D., Crowley, J. Vermund, S. (In Press). Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Sexual Health in the US. Lancet Digital Health.
148) Young, S.D., Cumberland, W.G., Singh, P., Coates, T. (In Press). A Peer-Led Online Community to Increase HIV Self-Testing among African American and Latinx MSM: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of AIDS.
149) Bonar EE, Goldstick JE, Chapman L, Bauermeister JA, Young SD, McAfee J, & Walton MA. (In Press). A social media intervention for cannabis use among emerging adults : Randomized controlled trial. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
150) Wang, J., Young, S.D. (In press). Online Personal Ads and Implications for Sexual Health. Sexual Health.
151) Young, S.D., Zhang, Q., Zang, D., Zhan, Y., Cumberland, W.C. (In Press). Social Media Images as an Emerging Tool to Monitor Adherence to COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines: Content Analysis. JMIR.
152) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (In Press). Ethical Views on Sharing Digital Data for Public Health Surveillance: Analysis of Survey Data among Patients. Frontiers in Big Data, section Data Mining and Management
153) Staton, M., Dickson, M. F., Pike, E., Surratt, H., & Young, S.D. (2022). An Exploratory Examination of Social Media Use and Risky Sexual Practices: A Profile of Women in Rural Appalachia Who Use Drugs. AIDS & Behavior.
154) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (In Press). The role of misinformation and stigma in opioid treatment uptake. Substance Use and Misuse.
155) Hassani, M., Young, S.D. (In Press). Potential role of conversational agents in encouraging PrEP uptake. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research.
156) Wang, Y., Kinsler, J., Cumberland, W.G., Young, S.D. (2022). American and Latinx Men Who Have Sex with Men after the COVID-19 Lockdown in Los Angeles – Findings from the HOPE Cohort. Community Mental Health Journal.
157) Garett, R., Yang, J., Zhang, Q., Young, S.D. (In press). An online advertising intervention to increase adherence to Stay-at-Home-Orders during the COVID-19 pandemic: An efficacy trial monitoring individual-level mobility data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
158) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (In Press). The role of misinformation and stigma in opioid use disorder treatment uptake. Substance Use and Misuse.
159) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (In press). A Qualitative Exploration of the Potential Role of Using Digital Technologies to Increase initiation of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD). Journal of Substance Use.
160) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (In press). Role of Peer Coaches in Digital Interventions for MOUD Initiation and Maintenance. Community Mental Health Journal.
161) Kaveladze, B. T., Young, S. D., & Schueller, S. M. (2022). Antifragile Behavior Change Through Digital Health Behavior Change Interventions. JMIR Formative Research, 6(6), e32571.
162) Garett, R., Young, S.D. (2022). Potential application of conversational agents in HIV testing uptake among high-risk populations. Journal of Public Health.
163) Bonar E.E., Bauermeister, J.A., Blow, F.C., Bohnert, A., Bourque, C., Coughlin, L.N., Davis A.K., Florimbio A.R., Goldstick, J.E, Wisnieski D.M., Young S.D., Walton, M.A. (2022). A Randomized Controlled Trial of Social Media Interventions for Risky Drinking among Adolescents and Emerging Adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 237.
2002-2006 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award 2005 Stanford University Social e-challenge competition winner ($1500) 2006 Best Paper award at IEEE Virtual Reality, 2006 2009-2011 NARLA Seed Grant ($40,000), Principal Investigator 2009-2011 UCLA AIDS Institute HIV Prevention Seed Grant ($20,000), Principal Investigator 2009-2011 UCLA CHIPTS Award for HIV prevention with innovative mobile technologies ($15,000), Principal Investigator 2010 NIMH R21 (Rescinded to submit K): Online social networking technology for HIV prevention ($312,041), Principal Investigator 2015 NIMH K01: Using online social networks for HIV prevention in African American and Latino MSM ($801,028), 07/01/10-/06/30/15. Principal Investigator 2011 UCLA Health System Appreciation Award for Excellence 2011 mHealth Training Award 2011-2013 UCLA CHIPTS Award for HIV prevention with innovative mobile technologies ($29,910), Principal Investigator 2013-2014 Fordham Ethics Award in HIV prevention ($18,400), Principal Investigator 2013-2014 CFAR AIDS Institute Supplement ($121,760), Principal Investigator 2014-2016 NIDA R21 “PURPOSE: A Social Media Intervention for Parent Support” ($69,250), Co-Investigator 2014-2016 NIDA R21 “Adapting the HOPE social media intervention to reduce prescription drug abuse” ($349,250), Principal Investigator 2014-2015 CFAR AIDS Institute Funding for UCLA Hackathon ($2,500), Principal Investigator 2014-2017 Gilead Sciences, Inc. “Social Media for Hepatitis C Testing” ($16,000), Consultant/Co-investigator 2015 Facebook, Gift Funding ($25,000) 2015 Intel Corporation, Gift Funding ($55,000) 2015-2017 P30 MH058107 “Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS)” ($36,412), Co-Investigator 2015-2018 NIMH R3400008981 “Gamification and HIV testing in Northern and Southern California” ($51,435), Co-Investigator 2015-2019 “Using Social Media for HIV Prevention and Linkage to Care” ($34,031), Co-Investigator 2015-2019 NIAAA R01 “Social Media Interventions to Reduce Alcohol Use among Youth” ($60,000), Consultant/Co-investigator. 2015-2017 University of California, Office of the President (UCOP) “UC Institute for Prediction Technology” ($291,876), Principal Investigator 2015-2020 NIMH R01MH106415 “HOPE Social Media Intervention for HIV Testing and Studying Social Networks” ($3,216,071), Principal Investigator 2015-2016 Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) “An Automated Platform for Mining Social Data and Predicting Behaviors” ($40,000), Principal Investigator 2015-2018 NHGRI U01HG008488 “Mining the Social Web to Monitor Public Health and HIV Risk Behaviors” ($1,181,375), Principal Investigator 2016-2021 NICHD U19HD089886 “A Comprehensive Community-based Strategy to Optimize the HIV Prevention and Treatment Continuum for Youth at HIV Risk, Acutely Infected and with Established HIV Infection” ($94,443), Co-Investigator
2016-2021 NIDA P30DA027828 “Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for HIV and Drug Abuse” ($679,128), Site Principal Investigator 2016-2021 NCATS/CTSI UL1TR001881 “Liaison Recruitment Innovation Center Development—CTSI renewal” ($11,145,862), Co-Investigator 2016-2017 NIAID R56 “Mining Social Data for HIV Risk Behaviors: Development and Ethical Issues” ($748,353), Principal Investigator 2017-2019 David Geffen School of Medicine (UCLA)-JCCC Liver Disease Disparities Impact Grant, Co-Investigator 2017-2021 NIAID R01 “Mining Social Data for HIV Risk Behaviors: Development and Ethical Issues” ($3,603,433) 2018-2021 NIDA R34 “A Facebook Intervention for HIV Testing Among Women in Jails” ($18,000), Consultant-Key Personnel. 2018-2021 NIDA R34 “AMAZE: Social Media Communities to Reduce Cannabis Use” ($9,000), Consultant-Key Personnel. 2018-2020 NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN- 0083): “Using Social Media to Deliver Rapid HIV Self-Tests and PrEP,” Co-Investigator/Consultant, ($40,000) 2018-2019 NIDA/NIAID Supplement from the Helping End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative “Implementation Science on Hackathons to Reduce Opioid Overdoses” ($453,494) 2019-2024 NIDA Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (funded through Helping End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative: Methodology and Advanced Analytics Resource Center (MAARC), ($625,000) 2019-2024 R61/R33 Harnessing Online Peer Education (HOPE) Intervention to Increase Medication-Assisted Therapy Uptake among Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Patients, PI ($3,8931,253) 2020-2022 UCI Samueli School of Engineering MERI seed gr
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