Dr. Danielle Ramo is Director of Research at Hopelab, a social innovation lab combining behavioral science and design to create technological solutions to challenges in adolescent health and wellbeing. Dr. Ramo is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC San Francisco and a licensed psychologist.
Dr. Ramo came to Hopelab after six years on the faculty in the department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Her research has focused on using digital tools (e.g., social media, apps) to understand and address drug and alcohol use among young people. She has led multiple clinical trials testing the efficacy of social media interventions to reduce substance use, as well as studies examining the toxicology of vaping in adolescents and tobacco and marijuana co-use in a changing policy landscape.
Dr. Ramo has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and multiple book chapters in the areas of substance use and mental health among young people. She has received grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the California Tobacco-Related Diseases Research Program. Dr. Ramo has written opinion pieces for the San Francisco Chronicle, and Thrive Global.
Dr. Ramo serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Being Adept substance abuse prevention program and Carrot. She regularly speaks to teens, parents, and school administrators about adolescent substance use.
Dr. Ramo obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, doctoral training at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, and postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF.