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Dr Will Young

Dr Will Young
Senior Lecturer in Rehabilitation Psychology


Career History

After completing my undergraduate degree in the Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham, I spent one year working for a financial institution. I then returned to the University of Birmingham to complete my PhD. Here I developed an interest in measuring and training psychological and physiological factors that contribute to falls in older adults. I then joined the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast where I developed an interested in Parkinson’s disease and the development of tools for assisting mobility. I continued this work at Stanford University and later joined Brunel University London in 2013 as a Research Fellow. In 2015 I became a Lecturer in Rehabilitation Psychology in the Department of Clinical Sciences, where I built and run the Psychology & Ageing Laboratory. I now teach on several BSc and MSc courses on topics related to Psychology, Ageing and Mental Health. I also lead the MSc Dissertation module for the pre-registration physiotherapy course that accommodates 60-70 students per year.

Professional Memberships

Chartered member of the British Psychological Society

International Society for Posture and Gait Research

Movement Disorders Society

Newest selected publications

Ellmers, T. and Young, W. (2019) 'The influence of anxiety and attentional focus on visual search during adaptive gait'. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. ISSN: 0096-1523 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ellmers, T., Cocks, A. and Young, W. (2019) 'Exploring attentional focus of older adult fallers during heightened postural threat Psychological Research'. Psychological Research. ISSN: 0340-0727 Open Access Link

Journal article

Chow, VWK., Ellmers, TJ., Mak, TCT., Young, W. and Wong, TWL. (2019) 'Revisiting the relationship between internal focus and balance control in young and older adults'. Frontiers in Neurology, 10 (JAN). ISSN: 1664-2295 Open Access Link

Journal article

Mak, T., Young, W., Chan, D. and Wong, T. (2018) 'Gait Stability in Older Adults during Level-ground Walking: The Attentional Focus Approach'. Journals of Gerontology, Series B. ISSN: 1079-5014 Open Access Link

Journal article

Uiga, L., Capio, CM., Ryu, D., Young, WR., Wilson, MR., Wong, TWL., et al. (2018) 'The role of movement specific reinvestment in visuo-motor control of walking by older adults'. Journals of Gerontology, Series B. ISSN: 1079-5014 Open Access Link

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