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Deborah Rohm Young, PhD, MBA


Dr. Deborah Young is director of Behavioral Research in the Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Her research focuses on physical activity and obesity prevention interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease risk. She has received multiple grant awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has served on a number of NIH grant review study sections, and regularly publishes in scholarly journals. She has served as a predoctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty mentor in addition to her graduate-level teaching duties.

Education and Training

  • BS, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MBA, Texas Christian University
  • PhD, Health Education, University of Texas at Austin
  • Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology, Honolulu Heart Program, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa


Selected Prior Positions

1997-2001 Assistant Professor
Division of General Internal Medicine
2001-2002 Associate Professor, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
2002-2007 Associate Professor
School of Public Health, Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland
2008 Professor
School of Public Health, Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland
2008-2011 Chair
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland
2011-present Research Scientist III
Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
2013-present Director, Behavioral Research
Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California


Selected Honors and Awards

1995 Fellow
American College of Sports Medicine
2007 First Annual Dorothy J. Lovett Distinguished Alumni Award
University of Texas at Austin
2008 Fellow
American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education
2011 Fellow
American Heart Association, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism Council
2012 Member
President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Physical Activity Guidelines Mid-Course Review Subcommittee
2016 Department of Kinesiology and Health Education Hall of Honor Inductee
University of Texas at Austin

Selected Publications

Selected peer-reviewed research manuscripts

  • Nichols GA, Horberg M, Koebnick C, Young DR, Waitzfelder B, Sherwood NE, Daley MF, Ferrara A. Cardiometabolic risk factors among 1.3 million adults with overweight or obesity, but not diabetes in 10 geographically diverse regions of the United States, 2012 – 2013. Prev Chronic Dis 2017; 14:E22.
  • Young DR, Koebnick C, Hsu JY. Sociodemographic associations of 4-year overweight and obese incidence among a racially diverse cohort of healthy weight 18-year-olds. Pediatr Obesity 2017 12:502-510.
  • Young DR, Fischer H, Arterburn D, Bessesen D, Cromwell L, Daley MF, Desai J, Ferrara A, Fitzpatrick SL, Horberg MA, Koebnick C, Nau CL, Oshiro C, Waitzfelder, Yamamoto A. Associations of overweight/obesity and socioeconomic status with hypertension prevalence across racial and ethnic groups. J Clinical Hypertens 2018;20:532-540.
  • Young DR, Cohen D, Koebnick C, Mohan Y, Saksvig BI, Sidell M, Wu TT. Longitudinal associations of physical activity among female from adolescence to young adulthood. J Adol Health 2018; 63:466-473.
  • Lobelo F, Rohm Young D, Sallis R, Garber MD, Billinger SA, Duperly J, Hutber A, Pate RR, Thomas RJ, Widlansky ME, McConnell MV, Joy EA. Routine assessment and promotion of physical activity in healthcare settings: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation 2018;137:e495-e522.