Bio

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Sean Young, PhD, MS, is the Executive Director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology and the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior, and is a Medical School Professor with the UCLA Department of Family Medicine.

I received my PhD in Psychology and Master'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. I am 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.

I study digital behavior and prediction technology, or how and why people use social media, mobile apps, and wearable devices.  I help 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

I also maintain a blog called BlackBoxPhd.com where I interview experts in areas related to behavior to teach people how to improve their lives and work.

Curriculum Vitae (link)


How I can help you

  1. Give a presentation on the science behind how to change behavior, or the science behind how to predict human behavior
  2. Give a workshop to your group or company on how to change or predict behavior
  3. I can advise your ongoing work

Additional Interests

  • Instructional videos: I enjoy creating educational videos – check out some in the blog section. 
  • Teaching: I teach at UCLA on various topics related to Medicine, Technology, Health, and Psychology.
  • Books and Solicited Academic Chapters: Currently working on a number of chapters and a book on psychology and health. 
  • Psychology and Financial Markets: I create financial models based onthe science of predicting human behavior. I use these models to create automated stock and commodities market strategies.