Dr. Young is the Director of Children and Family Futures, a California-based research and policy institute whose mission is to improve outcomes for children and families, particularly those affected by alcohol and other drugs. Dr. Young also serves as Director of the federally-funded National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, which is now in its twelfth year. Since 2010, she has served as the Director of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s technical assistance program for Family Drug Courts, and the Administration on Children and Family’s technical assistance program for the Regional Partnership Grants Program for the past six years. Through these programs and serving as a consultant to various states, counties and tribes, she has been involved in numerous projects related to program evaluation, strategic planning and public policy analysis on alcohol and other drug issues in the welfare and child welfare systems. Prior to co-founding Children and Family Futures in 1996, Dr. Young served as research consultant to the Directorate of the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. During her tenure, she led a consensus effort to develop a statewide outcomes monitoring system in California.
Dr. Young is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and received a Masters of Social Work degree and her Ph.D. from the USC School of Social Work. During her doctoral studies, she was the recipient of a pre-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute on Drug Abuse focused on the public policy and research issues affecting children of substance abusers. Her work and that of CFF has been recognized by the Outstanding Contractor of the Year award in 2006 from the Federal Administration on Children and Families and by a resolution issued in 2008 by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. She was also awarded the Directors’ Robert E. Anderson Service Award by the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.