Dr. Danielle Ramo is Assistant Professor and licensed psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF . She directs the Research on Addictions and Digital Interventions ("Readi") lab (readi.ucsf.edu). Her research program focuses on using digital media to change health risk behaviors including tobacco, alcohol, and other drug involvement. Funded with a K23 Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Ramo has developed the Tobacco Status Project social media intervention to help young adults quit smoking, and is testing its efficacy in a randomized clinical trial with 500 young adults. Additional studies are examining patterns and toxicology of electronic-cigarette use in adolescents and tobacco and marijuana co-use in young adults funded by the California Tobacco-Related Diseases Research Program. Her research has demonstrated the high prevalence of tobacco and marijuana co-use, associations between co-use and smoking, and differences in motivation and thoughts about abstinence for the two substances in co-users.
Dr. Ramo serves as program faculty for the NIDA-funded Substance Abuse Treatment and Services Research Training Program and the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education Postdoctoral Fellowship in the UCSF School of Medicine. Dedicated to teaching and mentoring, she also co-leads a Leadership Seminar for senior trainees in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Ramo has an interest in prevention of substance use disorders in young people. To this end she serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Being Adept prevention intervention program (Beingadept.org), helping to design curriculum and speaking to teens, parents, and school administrators throughout the Bay Area about adolescent substance abuse.
As companies promote new smoking devices that can easily be used for both tobacco with marijuana (e.g., electronic cigarettes [“e-cigarettes”], vaporizers), youth and young adults may be more prone to using both drugs.
She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, a Doctorate from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF.
Ramo DE, Thrul J, Chavez K, Delucchi KL, Prochaska JJ, et al. Feasibility and Quit Rates of the Tobacco Status Project: A Facebook Smoking Cessation Intervention for Young Adults. J Med Internet Res. 2015; 17(12):e291. PMID: 26721211.
Thrul J, Klein AB, Ramo DE. Smoking Cessation Intervention on Facebook: Which Content Generates the Best Engagement? J Med Internet Res. 2015; 17(11):e244. PMID: 26561529.
Ramo DE, Thrul J, Delucchi KL, Ling PM, Hall SM, Prochaska JJ. The Tobacco Status Project (TSP): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a Facebook smoking cessation intervention for young adults. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15(1):897. PMID: 26374203.
Ramo DE, Popova L, Grana R, Zhao S, Chavez K. Cannabis Mobile Apps: A Content Analysis. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015; 3(3):e81. PMID: 26268634.
Babson KA, Ramo DE, Baldini L, Vandrey R, Bonn-Miller MO. Mobile App-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia: Feasibility and Initial Efficacy Among Veterans With Cannabis Use Disorders. JMIR Res Protoc. 2015; 4(3):e87. PMID: 26187404; PMCID: PMC4527004.
Prochaska JJ, Fromont SC, Ramo DE, Young-Wolff KC, Delucchi K, Brown RA, Hall SM. Gender differences in a randomized controlled trial treating tobacco use among adolescents and young adults with mental health concerns. Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 Apr; 17(4):479-85. PMID: 25762759.
Lisha NE, Delucchi KL, Ling PM, Ramo DE. Prevalence and Correlates of Social Smoking in Young Adults: Comparisons of Behavioral and Self-Identified Definitions. Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 Sep; 17(9):1076-84. PMID: 25385876.
Ramo DE, Young-Wolff KC, Prochaska JJ. Prevalence and correlates of electronic-cigarette use in young adults: Findings from three studies over five years. Addict Behav. 2015 Feb; 41:142-7. PMID: 25452058.
Ramo DE, Rodriguez TM, Chavez K, Sommer MJ, Prochaska JJ, et al. Facebook Recruitment of Young Adult Smokers for a Cessation Trial: Methods, Metrics, and Lessons Learned. Internet Interv. 2014 Apr; 1(2):58-64. PMID: 25045624.
Ramo DE, Liu H, Prochaska JJ. A mixed-methods study of young adults' receptivity to using facebook for smoking cessation: if you build it, will they come? Am J Health Promot. 2015 Mar-Apr; 29(4):e126-35. PMID: 24575728.