Professor
Registered Psychologist
Myrne B. Nevison Professorship in Counselling Psychology
CNPS Doctoral Program Coordinator
Office:
Scarfe Library Block 282

Education:

McGill University

Scholarly Interests:

Awards:

Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association

Selected Publications:

In press

Parada, F., & Young, R. A. (in press). Youth education and work transitions: A review with implications for counselling and career practice. Manuscript submitted to the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Young, R. A., & Popadiuk, N. (in press). Social constructionist theories of vocational psychology. In P. McIlveen, & D. E. Schultheiss (Eds.),Social constructionism in vocational psychology and career development. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Young, R. A. (in press). The case of Emily. In S. Niles, J. Goodman, & M. Pope (Eds.), Career counseling casebook: A resource for practitioners, students, and counselor educators (2nd ed.). Broken Arrow, OK: National Career Development Association.

Young, R. A. & Valach, L. (in press). Action and language: Contextual action theory in counseling. Revue Psychologie Francaise.

Marshall, S. K., Young, R. A.,  Stevens, A., Spence, W., Deyell, S., & Easterbrook, A. (in press). Adolescent career development in urban-residing Aboriginal families in Canada. Career Development Quarterly.

Young, R. A. & Domene, J. F. (in press). Creating a research agenda in career counselling: The place of action theory. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.

Young, R. A. & Lalande, V. (in press). Canadian counselling psychology: From defining moments to ways forward. Canadian Psychology.

Young, R. A., Marshall, S. K., Foulkes, K., Haber, C., Lee, C. S. M.,  Penner, C., & Rostram, H. (in press). Counseling for the transition to adulthood as joint, goal-directed action. Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Marshall, S. K., Zaidman-Zait, A., Domene, J.,Young, R. A. (in press). Qualitative action-project method in family Research. Journal of Family Theory and Review.

2013

Valach, L., & Young, R. A. (2013). The case study of therapy with a Swiss woman: An action theory perspective. In S. Poyrazli & C. E. Thompson (Eds.), International case studies in mental health (pp. 13-32). Los Angeles: Sage.

2012

Marshall, S., Zaidman-Zait, A., Domene, J. F., & Young, R. A. (2012). Qualitative Action-Project method in family research. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 4, 160-173.

Young, R. A., & Domene, J. F. (2012). Creating a research agenda in career counselling: The place of action theory. British Journal of Guildance and Counselling, 40, 15-30. doi:10.1080/03069885.2011.620603

Domene, J. F., Nee, J. J., Cavanaugh, A. K., McLelland, S., Stewart, B., Stephenson, M., Kauffman, B., Tse, C. K., & Young, R. A. (2012). Young adult couples transitioning to work: The intersection of career and relationship. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81, 17-25.

Young, R. A. (2012). La relazione lavoro-famiglia alla luce dell’action theory [Understanding the work-family interface from the perspective of goal-directed action]. (M. Parvesi, Trans.). Giornale Italiano di Psicologia dell’Orientamento, 13, 9-15.

2011

Marshall, S. K., Zaidman-Zait, A., Logan, C., Lee, C. M., & Young, R. A. (2011). Parenting projects as children transition to adulthood. Family Science, 2, 250-261.

Domene, J. F., Socholotiuk, K. D., & Young, R. A. (2011). The early stages of transition to adulthood: Similarities and differences between mother-daughter and mother-son dyads. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 8, 273-291.

Marshall, S. M., Young, R. A., Stevens, A., Spence, W., Deyell, S., & Easterbrook, A. (2011). Adolescent career development in urban-residing Aboriginal families in Canada. Career Development Quarterly, 59, 539-558. (Awarded best article in the Career Development Quarterly in 2011 by the National Career Development Association).

Young, R. A., Marshall, S. K., & Valach, L., with Domene, J. F., Graham, M. D., & Zaidman-Zait, A. (2011). Active transition to adulthood: A new approach for counseling. New York: Springer-Science.

Young, R. A., Marshall, S. K., Foulkes, K., Haber, C., Lee, C. S. M., Penner, C., & Rostram, H. (2011). Counseling for the transition to adulthood as joint, goal-directed action. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 325-333. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2011.02.005

Young, R. A., & Lalande, V. (2011). Canadian counselling psychology: From defining moments to ways forward. Canadian Psychology, 52, 248-255.

Stewart, A. M., Polak, E., Young, R. A., & Schultz, I. Z. (2011). Injured workers’ construction of expectations of return to work with sub-acute back pain: The role of perceived uncertainty. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 22, 1 – 14. DOI: 10.1007/s10926-011-9312-6

Valach, L., Young, R. A., & Michael, K. (2011). Understanding suicide as an action. In K. Michel & D. A. Jobes (Eds), Building a therapeutic alliance with the suicidal patent (pp. 129-148). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

2010

Dyer, B., Pizzorno, M. C., Qu, K., Valach. L., Marshall, S. K., & Young, R. A. (2010). Unconscious processes in a career counselling: An action theoretical perspective. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 38, 343-362.

Snow, B., Salmon, A., & Young, R. A. (2010). The integration of knowledge beyond disciplines: A journey towards transdisciplinarity.Collected Essays on Teaching and Learning, 3, 159-165.

Young, R. A., & Domene, J. F. (2010). The construction of agency in career counseling. In M. McMahon & M. Watson (Eds.), Career counseling and constructivism: Elaboration of constructs. Hauppage, NY: Nova Science.

Dyer, B., Pizzorno, M. C., Qu, K., Valach. L., Marshall, S. K., & Young, R. A. (2010). Unconscious processes in a career counselling case: An action-theoretical analysis. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 38, 343-362.

Young, R. A., & Valach, L. (2010). Action theory e psicologia del counseling nel contesto globale [Action theory and counseling psychology in the global context]. Counseling Giornale Italiano di Ricerca e Applicazioni, 3, 111-120.

Young, R. A., & Valach, L. (2010). La contextual action theory e la consulenza nell’ambito dell’orientamento [Contextual action theory and the practice of vocational counselling]. In L. Nota & S. Soresi (Eds.), Nuove sfide per l’orientamento scolastico-professionale [New challenges in vocational guidance]. Florence: Organizzazioni Speciali-Giunti.

2009

Valach, L., & Young, R. A. (2009). Interdisciplinarity in vocational guidance: An action theory perspective. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 9, 85-99.

Piccardo, C., Pizzorno, M. C., & Young, R. A. (2009). The action-project method and its applicability across a range of qualitative studies in vocational psychology. Risorsa Uomo, 15, 23-35.

Young, R. A. (2009). Counseling in the Canadian mosaic: A cultural perspective. In L. Gerstein & P. P. Heppner (Eds). International handbook of cross-cultural counseling: Cultural assumptions and practices worldwide (pp. 359-368). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Young, R. A., & Valach, L. (2009). Evaluating the processes and outcomes of vocational counselling: An action theory perspective.L’Orientation Scolaire et Professionnelle, 38, 281-306.

2008

Young, R. A., Marshall, S. K., Domene, J. F., Graham, M., Logan, L., Zaidman-Zait, A., Mart, A., & Lee, C. M. (2008). Transition to adulthood as a parent-youth project: Governance transfer, career promotion, and relational processes.  Journal of Counseling Psychology55, 297-306.

Young, R. A., & Valach, L. (2008). Action theory: An integrative paradigm for research and evaluation in career. In J. Athanasou & R.van Esbroeck (Eds.), International handbook of career guidance (pp. 643-658).  Springer-Science.

Young, R. A., Valach, L., Marshall, S. K. (2008). Parents and adolescents co-constructing career. In V. Skorikov, and W. Patton (Eds.), Career development in childhood and adolescence (pp. 277-293). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

2007

Young, R. A., Marshall, S. K., Domene, J. F., Graham, M., Logan, C., Templeton, T., Zaidman-Zait, A. Valach, L. (2007). Meaningful actions and motivated projects in the transition to adulthood: Two case illustrations. International Journal of Educational and Vocational Guidance, 7, 149-158.

Young, R. A., Marshall, S., & Valach, L. (2007). Making career theories more culturally sensitive: Implications for counseling. Career Development Quarterly56, 4-18.

Haverkamp, B. E., & Young, R. A. (2007). Paradigms, purpose, and role of the literature: Formulating a rationale for qualitative investigations. The Counseling Psychologist, 35, 295-327.

Young, R. A., Valach, L., & Marshall, S. K. (2007). Parents and adolescents co-constructing career. In V. Shorikov & W. Patton (Eds.), Career development in childhood and adolescence (pp. 277-295). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers

2006

Young, R. A., & Valach, L. (2006). La notion de projet en psychologie de l’orientation. L’Orientation Scolaire et Professionnelle, 35, 495-509.

Young, R. A., Marshall, S.,  Domene, J. F., Arato-Bolivar, J., Hayoun, R., Marshall, E., Zaidman-Zait, A., & Valach, L. (2006). Relationships, communication, and career in the parent-adolescent projects of families with and without challenges. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 68, 1-23.

2005

Young, R. A., Valach, L., & Domene, J. F. (2005). The action-project method in counseling psychology. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 52, 215-223.

Young, R. A., Logan, C., Lovato, C. Y., Moffat, B., &  Shoveller, J. A. (2005). Sun protection and outdoor activities as family health projects. Journal of Health Psychology, 10, 333-345.

2004

Valach, L., & Young, R. A. (2004). Some cornerstones in the development of a contextual action theory of career and counselling.International Journal of Educational and Vocational Guidance, 4, 61-81.

Young, R. A., & Valach, L. (2004). The construction of career through goal-directed action.  Journal of Vocational Behavior, 64, 499-514.

Young, R. A., & Collin, A. (2004). Introduction: Constructivism and social constructionism in the career field. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 64, 373-388.

2003

Young, R. A., Valach, L., Ball, J., Turkel, H., & Wong, Y. S. (2003). The family career development project in Chinese Canadian families.Journal of Vocational Behavior, 62, 287-304.

2002

Young, R.A., Valach, L., & Collin, A. (2002).  A contextual explanation of career.  In D. Brown & Associates, Career choice and development(4th ed., pp. 206-250).  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Valach, L., & Young, R. A. (2002). Contextual action theory in career counselling: Some misunderstood issues. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 36(2), 97-112.

Valach, L., Young, R. A., & Lynam, M. J. (2002). Action theory: A primer for research in the social sciences. Westport, CT: Praeger.

2001

Young, R. A., Valach, L., Ball, J., Paseluikho, M. A., Wong, Y. S., DeVries, R. J., McLean, H., & Turkel, H. (2001). Career development as a family project. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 48, 190-202. A translation of this article appeared as: Young, R. A., Valach, L., Ball, J., Paseluikho, M. A., Wong, Y. S., DeVries, R. J., McLean, H., & Turkel, H. (2003). Adolescenti e sviluppo professionale: Il coinvolgimento della famiglia. Giornale Italiano di psicologia dell’orientamento, 4, 28-43.

Young, R. A., Lynam, M. J., Valach, L., Novak, H., Brierton, I., & Christopher, A. (2001). Joint actions of parents and adolescents in health conversation. Qualitative Health Research, 11, 40-57.

Young, R. A. (2001/2002). The joint projects of parents and adolescents in health and career: Conceptual, methodological and practical applications. Cadernos de Consulta Psicológica, 17-18, 5-15.

Young, R. A., Lynam, M. J., Valach, L., Novak, H., Brierton, I., & Christopher, A. (2001). Joint actions of parents and adolescents in health conversations. Qualitative Health Research, 11, 40-57.

2000

Young, R. A., Lynam, M. J., Valach, L., Novak, H., Brierton, I., & Christopher, A. (2000).  Parent-adolescent health conversations as action:  Theoretical and methodological issues. Psychology and Health, 15, 853-868.

Young, R. A., Lynam, M. A., Valach, L., Novak, H., Brierton, I., & Christopher, A. (2000). Parent-adolescent health conversations as action: Theoretical and methodological issues. Psychology and Health, 15, 853-86.

Collin, A., & Young, R. A. (Eds.) (2000). The future of career. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Young, R.A., & Valach, L. (2000). Reconceptualizing career psychology: An action theoretical perspective. In A. Collin & R.A. Young (Eds.),The future of career (pp. 181-196). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

1999

Young, R. A., Antal, S., Bassett, M. E., Seigo, N., Post, A., & Valach, L. (1999). The joint actions of adolescents in peer conversations about career.  Journal of Adolescence, 22, 527-538.

1997

Young, R. A., Paseluikho, M., & Valach, L. (1997).  Emotion in the construction of career in conversations between parents and adolescents.   Journal of Counseling and Development, 76, 36-44.

Young, R.A., Valach, L., Paseluikho, M.A., Dover, C., Matthes, G.E., Paproski, D.L., & Sankey, A.M. (1997).  The joint action of parents and adolescents in conversation about career.  Career Development Quarterly, 46, 72-86.

1996

Young, R.A., & Valach, L. (1996).  Interpretation and action in career counseling.  In M.L. Savickas & M.B. Walsh (Eds.).  Handbook of career counseling theory and practice (pp. 361-375).  Palo Alto, CA:  Davies-Black.

Young, R.A., Valach, L., & Collin, A. (1996).  A contextual explanation of career.  In D. Brown & L. Brooks (Eds.), Career counseling and development (3rd ed.) (pp. 477-552).  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

Young, R. A., Lynam, M. J., & Valach, L. (1996). Studying parent-adolescent health conversation: Theoretical and methodological issues.International Journal of Psychology, 31, 400.

Valach, L., Young, R.A., & Lynam, M.J. (1996).  Family health promotion projects:  An action theoretical perspective.  Journal of Health Psychology, 1, 49-63.

Young, R. A., Valach, L., & Collin, A. (1996). A contextualist approach to career analysis and counselling. In Ch. Billaud, et al (Eds.) (1998),ExtrALang:  Fest-CD-ROM zur Emeritierung von Professor Dr. Alfred Lang. Bern: Clou eMedia.

1995

Young, R.A., Valach, L., & Patrick, G. (1995).  Parents, adolescents and career development:  An ecological perspective.  Australian Journal of Career Development, 4, 48-52.

1994

Young, R.A., Friesen, J.D., & Borychi, B. (1994).  Narrative structure and parental influence in career development.  Journal of Adolescence, 17, 173-191.

Young, R.A., Valach, L., Dillabough, J., Dover, C., & Matthes, G. (1994).  Career research from an action perspective:  The self-confrontation procedure.  Career Development Quarterly, 43, 185-196.

Young, R.A., & Valach, L. (1994).  Evaluation of career development programs from an action perspective.  Canadian Journal of Counselling, 28, 299-307.

Young, R. A., Valach, L., Dillabough, J.-A., Dover, C., & Matthes, G. (1994). Career research from an action perspective: The self-confrontation procedure. Career Development Quarterly, 43, 185-196.

1992

Young, R.A. & Collin, A. (Eds.) (1992).  Interpreting career:  Hermeneutical studies of lives in context.  New York:  Praeger.

Young, R.A., & Richards, R. (1992).  Entrepreneurial women and the relational component of identity.  In R.A. Young & A. Collin (Eds.),Interpreting career:  Hermeneutical studies of lives in context (pp. 117-133).  New York:  Praeger.

Young, R.A., & Friesen, J.D., (1992).  The intentions of parents in influencing the career development of their children.  Career Development Quarterly, 40, 198-207.

1990

Young, R.A., & Borgen, W.A. (Eds.) (1990).  Methodological approaches to the study of career.  New York:  Praeger.

Young, R.A., & Friesen, J.D. (1990).  Parental influences on career development:  A research perspective.  In R.A. Young & W.A. Borgen (Eds.), Methodological approaches to the study of career (pp. 147-162).  New York:  Praeger.

1991

Young, R.A., Friesen, J.D., & Dillabough, J.M. (1991).  Personal constructions of parental influence related to career development. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 25, 183-190.

1986

Collin, A, & Young, R.A. (1986).  New directions for theories of career. Human Relations, 39, 837-853.

1984

Young, R.A. (1984).  Toward an ecology of career development.  Canadian Counsellor, 18, 152-159.

Young, R.A. (1984).  Vocation as relationship.  Counseling and Values, 28, 169-178.

Young, R.A. (1984).  Vocational choice and values in adolescent women.  Sex Roles:  A Journal of Research, 10, 485-492.

1983

Young, R.A. (1983).  Career development of adolescents:  An ecological perspective.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 12, 401-418.

1982

Young, R.A. (1982).  Accompanying the adolescent on the career journey:  A cognitive developmental approach.  International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 5, 115-120.

Borgen, W.A. & Young, R.A. (1982).  Career conceptions of children and adolescents.  Journal of Vocational Behavior, 21, 37-49.

1981

Young, R.A. (1981).  Teaching career development from a cognitive developmental perspective.  Canadian Counsellor, 16, 34-40.

1980

Young, R.A., (1980).  A cognitive developmental perspective on counselling adolescents.  British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 8(2), 203-211.

1979

Young, R.A. (1979).  The effects of value confrontation and reinforcement counselling on the career planning attitudes and behavior adolescent males.  Journal of Vocational Behavior, 15, 7-11.

 

Books

Editor, Counseling and Action (2015).

 

Research Funding Sources and Current Projects

Over 2 U: Governance Transfer between Parents and Adolescents
Principal Applicant: S. K. Marshall, Ph.D.
Co-applicant: R. A. Young, Ed.D.  |  Collaborator: Lauree Tilton-Weaver, University of Orebro
Sponsored By: SSHRC, 2013-2017.

Transition to adulthood as goal-directed projects for youth with intellectual disabilities and their parents
Principal Applicant: R. A. Young, Ed.D.
Co-applicants: Drs. Sheila Marshall & Timothy Stainton, School of Social Work (UBC)
Sponsored By: SSHRC Insight Grant, 2013-2016.

Youths’ joint projects in the transition to adulthood
Principal Applicant: R. A. Young, Ed.D.
Co-applicant: S. K. Marshall, Ph.D.
Sponsored By: SSHRC, 2010-2013. 
For more information on these projects, visit the Contextual Action Theory Website.

Research Projects:

Richard A. Young is a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. A Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association, Professor Young’s interests are in the areas of parent-adolescent interaction, health psychology, and career development. With a number of colleagues, he has extended the application of action theory to topics in career development, health promotion and, particularly, parent-adolescent communication. These applications have included the refinement of a qualitative research method based on action theory as well as its application to cultural studies. With W. A. Borgen, he is the editor of Methodological studies for the study of career (Praeger, 1990), and with A. Collin, Interpreting career: Hermeneutical studies of lives in context (Praeger, 1992) and The future of career (Cambridge University Press, 2000). With L. Valach and M. J. Lynam, he is the author of Action theory: A primer for applied research in the social sciences (Praeger, 2002). Professor Young has authored or co-authored over 100 articles and chapters published in scientific and professional journals and books.

Myrne B. Nevison Professorship in Counselling Psychology

Courses Taught:

EPSE 595