Professor Ross Young - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Professor Ross Young

PhD Qld, M.Sc. Otago, Dip.Clin.Psych Otago, B.Sc.(Hons) Otago

  • Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
+61 7 5459 4446
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Professor Ross Young
Assistant title
Administration Officer
Ailsa Lilley
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Professor Ross Young was appointed to the University in August 2021 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation). Prior to joining USC, Professor Young has held a number of executive academic roles in clinical and academic health and in medical research. This includes Chair of Trauma Rehabilitation at the Jamieson Trauma Institute, Metro North Health, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Executive Director of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is committed to social justice and maximising health outcomes for all people, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities and to the use of novel digital and technological solutions to important health and societal challenges.

Commercial collaboration and patent activity have included licensing gene chip technology and Professor Young also has Board representation in the academic, community and health sectors. He has contributed to health leadership development through mentoring and strategy development in large health and research entities.


As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Young oversees the research strategy of the University, including the support of researchers and Higher Degree Research Students. USC's University Research Centres and the Forest Research Institute, along with the Clinical Trials Centre and USC Innovation Centre are part of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)'s portfolio.

  • Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Fellow of the Australasian Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society

Professor Young is a Clinical Psychologist with research interests in the integration of psychological and biological risk factors in mental illness. Over the last decade this has focussed on gene regulation and stress using epigenetics. His research includes work in substance misuse, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and more broadly in behavioural medicine. Professor Young has over 280 published book chapters and papers in genetic, medical, psychiatric and psychological journals and has supervised over 50 PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows. His work includes complex research project management, including clinical trials and his career research funding is A$20M.

Research areas

  • Mental health