Larry J. Young

Larry J. Young, PhD is Director of the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience and William P. Timmie Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.  Dr. Young is also Chief of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders at Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Dr. Young received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Georgia and earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Zoology at the University of Texas in Austin.  Dr. Young has published in top tier journals including Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Genetics and Nature Reviews Drug Discovery.

The goal of Dr. Young’s own research is to understand how genetic, cellular and neurobiological mechanisms regulate complex social behavior, including social cognition and social bonding. His research focuses heavily on the roles of the neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin in regulating the neural processing of social signals and social attachment. Dr. Young has developed behavioral paradigms that are useful for screening drugs that enhance social cognition, and is developing novel strategies for drug discovery for treating social deficits in psychiatric disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia.   Dr. Young established the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience (CTSN), which brings together basic scientists and clinicians in the Atlanta area who are focused on understanding and healing the social brain.  The mission of the CTSN is to discover the neurobiological mechanisms regulating the social brain, and to translate these discoveries to novel therapeutic approaches to treat psychiatric disorders characterized by disruption in social behavior, including autism, schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.