Dr. Young received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University, Omaha, NE, and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and a specialty practice residency in drug information and evidence-based practice at The University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center in San Antonio. She went on to earn a Master of Public Health degree from the UT Houston School of Public Health. Dr. Young is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Division, and Director of Interprofessional Education and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Young serves as the director for the UT Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education. The Center launched in fall 2017 with approval and start-up funds from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. In collaboration with the College of Pharmacy, Dell Medical School, School of Nursing, and the Steve Hicks School of Social work, the mission of the Center for Health IPE is to “lead innovative interprofessional education, practice and scholarship that advances collaborative person-centered health care and population-oriented health.” The Center continues to grow, welcoming all health professions and other programs that engage in advancing person-centered care and population health.
Dr. Young’s practice and scholarly interests focus on patient safety, quality improvement and population health, with an emphasis on interprofessional community engagement. She has championed the development of numerous interprofessional academic-community partnerships aimed at addressing health disparity, health literacy and patient empowerment through quality improvement and capacity building. She is a certified Master Trainer for TeamSTEPPS and a certified facilitator for the Community Action Poverty Simulation.
Dr. Young is named a UT System Fellow in Clinical Safety and Effectiveness, and is recipient of the San Antonio Preceptor-of-the-Year Award and the UT Austin Teaching Excellence Award. She is a 2014 recipient of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.