With over 100,000 members, the APA appointed Dr. Young along with 112 other scholars in 2015. Fellow status is a special distinction bestowed upon an APA member for their outstanding and unusual contributions in the field of psychology.
“Professor Young’s election by the American Psychological Association is a tremendous acknowledgement of his ground-breaking work on psychological injury and law. We are proud of this recognition earned by our colleague, and add our applause and appreciation for his many accomplishments and contributions to Glendon”, said Christina Clark-Kazak, Associate Principal, Research and Graduate Studies.
This honour reflects the breadth of Young’s work, which has peaked in the last five to ten years. His professional contributions have been referred to as “trailblazing”, “cutting-edge” and “never been done before”. In the past four years, he has published two major books: Development and causality: Neo-Piagetian perspectives and Malingering, Feigning, and Response Bias in Psychiatric/ Psychological Injury – Implications for Practice and Court. A third book, Unifying Causality and Psychology: Being, Brain and Behavior, is scheduled for publication in 2016. These latest works focus on child development, psychological injury and law, and the causes of behaviour.
Young has also published multiple peer-reviewed articles that have appeared in journals specific to psychology, psychiatry, law, and medicine. His singular contribution has been to help coalesce the field of psychological injury in law by being involved in 2 books in 2006 and in 2007 as primary author/ editor and then starting the first journal in the field in 2008. He appeared as an expert witness in a Supreme Court of Canada case involving the Canadian Charter of Rights on injured worker’s rights.
Young is currently working on his next book, Toward Revising the Ethics Code of the American Psychological Association. He is comparing and contrasting mental health ethics codes from around the world, with suggestions on how to improve the one used by the APA, in addition to writing on the ethical decision-making process.