Sean Young

Position Title
Professor, Emergency Medicine
Professor, Informatics, Information and Computer Sciences
Portrait Sean Young, PhD, MS

Sean Young, Ph.D., M.S., is the Executive Director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology, the Center for Digital Behavior, a Medical School and Informatics Professor with the UCI Departments of Emergency Medicine and Informatics, and the #1 Wall Street Journal and International Best-Selling author of Stick With It.

He received his Ph.D. in psychology and caster's degree in Health Services Research from Stanford University, worked in technology and user behavior/human factors at NASA Ames Research Center and Cisco Systems, taught at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and have advised various companies and start-ups. He is an internationally-recognized speaker, having presented at forums such as the European Parliament, mHealth Conference, World Congress, as well as corporations, academic institutions, and organizations. He was a study committee member for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) on STI prevention and control, and is currently a board member within NASEM’s broader Division of Health and Medicine.

He studies digital behavior and prediction technology, or how and why people use social media, mobile apps, and wearable devices. He helps people and businesses apply this knowledge to predict what people will do in the future (in areas like health, medicine, politics, and business) and to change what they will do in the future

He has a blog called where he interviews experts in areas related to behavior to teach people how to improve their lives and work, and have a podcast on called Sean Young, Ph.D. on this topic.


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