Dr David Young

Senior Lecturer

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

Following a degree in mathematics and a PhD in statistics, David worked as a Senior Statistician for Sanofi Pharmaceuticals in Newcastle and Paris, before returning to academic research at Harvard University in Boston developing statistical algorithms to identify brain cells targeted by anti-psychotic drugs. After a two-year contract with the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics at the University of Glasgow as a Statistician/Data Manager, David took up a joint post as lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde and Consultant Statistician for the NHS.


Chartered Statistician


The Cleft Lip Education with Augmented Reality (CLEAR) VR phase 2 trial : a pilot randomized crossover trial of a novel patient information leaflet
John Lo Steven, Chapman Paul, Young David, Drake David, Devlin Mark, Russell Craig
The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal (2022)
Clinical and radiological characteristics of acute pulmonary embolus in relation to 28-day and 6-month mortality
Norton Lindsey, Cooper Gordon, Sheerins Owen, Mac a’ Bháird Killian, Roditi Giles, Adamson Michael, Young David, Dolan Ross, Church Colin, Brady Adrian, Tait Campbell, McKenzie Graham, McFadyen Alasdair, Zelic Matthew, Maguire Donogh, Chou Wen-Chi
PLoS ONE Vol 16 (2021)
Changes in attitudes to vaccination as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic : a longitudinal study of older adults in the UK
Gallant Allyson J, Brown Nicholls Louise A, Rasmussen Susan, Cogan Nicola, Young David, Williams Lynn
PLOS One Vol 16 (2021)
What is Thy3a? A study of 336 Thy3a (AUS/FLUS) thyroid FNAs with histology compares UK RCPath with other reporting systems and shows how Thy3a subclassification can improve risk stratification and help address overuse of this category
van der Horst Cynthia, Wright Sylvia, Young David, Tailor Hitesh, Clark Louise
Cytopathology Vol 32, pp. 29-36 (2021)
Radiology and the medical student : do increased hours of teaching translate to more radiologists?
Chew Cindy, O'Dwyer Patrick J, Young David
BJR Open Vol 3 (2021)
A quick and reliable waiting room checklist for symptoms of disinhibited social engagement disorder
McMorran-Young Genevieve, Moran Kate, Young David, Batchelor Glyn, Minnis Helen
Developmental Child Welfare Vol 3, pp. 313-327 (2021)

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Research interests

Medical Statistics

Professional activities

Developing Excellence in Medical Education Conference
QP6 Mathematics and Statistics
Data Analysis for Business Improvement
AstraZeneca Medical Statistics Training
EBO Examinations
Upskilling: Statistics for NHS Staff (MM128: Summer 2021)

More professional activities


Improving older adults' vaccination uptake: are existing measures of vaccine hesitancy valid and reliabe for older people?
Williams, Lynn (Principal Investigator) Brown Nicholls, Louise (Co-investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Co-investigator) Rasmussen, Susan (Co-investigator) Young, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020
Psychological barriers to seasonal influenza vaccination uptake in those with chronic respiratory disease: A mixed methods study
Williams, Lynn (Principal Investigator) Cogan, Nicola (Co-investigator) Rasmussen, Susan (Co-investigator) Young, David (Co-investigator)
Psychological barriers to seasonal influenza vaccination uptake in those with chronic respiratory disease: A mixed methods study
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020
BTG: Impact of childhood obesity on cognition, educational attainment and respiratory health: proof of concept of the links, and of the value of the Strathclyde collaboration
Reilly, John (Academic) Young, David (Academic) Revie, Matthew (Academic) Boyter, Anne (Academic) Johnston, Blair (Academic)
This is an inter-disciplinary collaboration, based on analyses of existing data, to test the hypotheses that obesity impairs cognition, educational attainment and respiratory health (using asthma as a marker) in the pre-school years (data from the Growing Up in Scotland cohort) and/or in late childhood (age 7-11, data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study). If obesity does impair educational attainment and affect respiratory health this will give families, schools, and policymakers (in Education) a much greater stake in obesity prevention in future. The project will establish new Strathclyde collaborations, produce two papers, and provide a foundation for future external applications.
14-Jan-2014 - 14-Jan-2014
Epsrc Doctoral Training Grant | Carragher, Raymond Bernard
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator) Young, David (Co-investigator) Carragher, Raymond Bernard (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 19-Jan-2017
Doctoral Training Grant 2010 | Ross, David
Kelly, Louise (Principal Investigator) Young, David (Co-investigator) Ross, David (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2010 - 25-Jan-2016
Developing an infancy feeding and eating scale
Young, David (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2007 - 31-Jan-2008

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Mathematics and Statistics
Livingstone Tower

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