Science in Practice
Meet your Mad Scientist - Dr Myles Young
1. What is your current position, and what do you do?
I’m a behaviour change scientist and psychology lecturer. I’m fascinated by what makes people tick. In particular, I’m passionate about improving men’s health.
2. What interests did you have growing up? (these can be related to subjects at school or hobbies outside of school)
I was a bit of an all-rounder as a kid. I loved sport, but never made a rep team. I did drama, but was never a lead character. If I had to pick something I was really good at it would probably be puzzles and games. It didn’t matter if it was crosswords, board games, logic puzzles, or video games, I loved the feeling of sitting quietly and slowly working on a problem until it clicked and came together. In fact - I still love that feeling!
3. Would you recommend pursuing a career in the sciences? If so, why?
Absolutely! Understanding science is understanding life itself. It’s humbling to be part of a process that has been slowly discovering the secrets of the world and its people for thousands of years. You also get to learn tons of interesting trivia to excite, or in my case bore, your friends. Did you know there are 86 billion nerve cells in one human brain? That’s a huge number! If I took 86 billion steps I could walk to the moon and back….112 times!
4. What advice would you give to kids who are interested in the sciences?
Read books, ask plenty of questions, stay curious, and find out which experiments you can already do in your own home (just don’t blow anything up). There is always more to learn, so a career in science will be waiting for you whenever you want to get started.
Dr. Myles Young is a lecturer and men’s health researcher in the University of Newcastle’s School of Psychology.
His research focuses on men’s physical and mental health and how ‘gender-tailored’ programs can increase the participation of men in health research. Myles recently completed a National Heart Foundation post-doctoral fellowship where he designed and tested an eHealth lifestyle program targeting depression and weight loss in men.
He was awarded his PhD from the University of Newcastle in May 2015. He also completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons 1A) at the University of Newcastle in 2009. To date, Myles has published 38 peer-reviewed research papers and been awarded $6.6 million in external research grants. He has won 15 research awards for his work in men’s health and was the national winner of the 2019 BUPA Emerging Health Researcher of the Year.
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