Mr Robert Young
- Senior Investigator Scientist (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit)
- Honorary Research Fellow (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)
Robert is a Senior Researcher at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit working in the Social Relationships and Health Improvement programme. His work focuses on the multiple ways different aspects of social relationships influence health. His research explores the influence of parenting, peer groups, peer victimisation, peer identity and social networks on adolescent mental health, particularly social influences on self-harm. His past work investigated school effects and identity based peer networks on young people’s mental health using a longitudinal causal framework. His current work has expanded to look at the influence of online networks, online culture and social media on self-injury and suicidal behaviours from both social contagion and social support perspectives. He is also involved in research examining cross-cultural and contextual differences in self-harm. A key theme of his research is to elucidate the underlying causes of self-harm in order to guide the development of effective community-based treatments.
Research Interests: parenting styles, peer group, psychiatry, sexual harassment, peer victimisation, peer identity, social networks; gender identity disorder; adolescent mental health, suicide, self-harm, Nonsuicidal self-injury; school effects; Social network analysis, peer crowds, online social networks, computerised psychiatric assessment, stress, status, hate crime, violence, cross-cultural differences in psychopathology, human values.
Expertise: Quantitate methods, social network analysis, structural equation modelling.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Cutting Edge #socialcontagion: An Analysis of Virtual Social Networks in Non-Suicidal Self Injury
2016 - 2016
Robert is a lecturer on the Global Health MSc. He organises talks and workshops on non-suicidal self-injury, both internationally and nationally.
University of Glasgow,
200 Renfield Street,
Glasgow G2 3QB