Danielle Ramo-Larios, PhD

Associate Professor
+1 415 476-7695

Dr. Danielle Ramo is Associate Professor in Residence 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 lab (readi.ucsf.edu), and co-directs the Psychiatry Digital Health Core (http://psychdhc.ucsf.edu). Her research program focuses on using digital media to understand and address risky drug and alcohol use. Dr. Ramo has developed the Tobacco Status Project social media intervention to help young adults quit smoking, and is leading three clinical trials testing the efficacy of social media-mediated treatment to reduce substance use in young adults. Additional studies are examining patterns and toxicology of electronic-cigarette use in adolescents and tobacco and marijuana co-use in a changing policy landscape. 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. Her funding includes awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (K23, R34, R21), and the California Tobacco-Related Diseases Research Program (fellowship, High Impact Project awards).

Dedicated to teaching and mentoring, 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. She also directs the smoking cessation curriculum for the UCSF Medical School.

Dr. Ramo serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Being Adept prevention intervention program (Beingadept.org), and regularly speaks to teens, parents, and school administrators throughout the Bay Area about adolescent substance abuse.

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.


Real-time predictors of smoking among sexual minority and heterosexual young adults: An ecological momentary assessment study.

Drug and alcohol dependence

Nguyen N, McQuoid J, Ramo D, Holmes LM, Ling PM, Thrul J

Expanding Opportunities for Professional Development: Utilization of Twitter by Early Career Women in Academic Medicine and Science.

JMIR medical education

Lewis JD, Fane KE, Ingraham AM, Khan A, Mills AM, Pitt SC, Ramo D, Wu RI, Pollart SM

Psychiatric Disorders and Comorbid Cannabis Use: How Common Is It and What Is the Clinical Impact?

The Journal of clinical psychiatry

Satre DD, Bahorik A, Zaman T, Ramo D

Using Social Media to Target Cancer Prevention in Young Adults: Viewpoint.

Journal of medical Internet research

Sarkar U, Le GM, Lyles CR, Ramo D, Linos E, Bibbins-Domingo K

A Randomized Controlled Evaluation of the Tobacco Status Project, a Facebook Intervention for Young Adults.

Addiction (Abingdon, England)

Ramo DE, Thrul J, Delucchi KL, Hall S, Ling PM, Belohlavek A, Prochaska JJ

Meta-Analysis of the Association of Alcohol-Related Social Media Use with Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol-Related Problems in Adolescents and Young Adults.

Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research

Curtis BL, Lookatch SJ, Ramo DE, McKay JR, Feinn RS, Kranzler HR

Prevalence and correlates of adolescents' e-cigarette use frequency and dependence.

Drug and alcohol dependence

Vogel EA, Ramo DE, Rubinstein ML

Smart Steps for Psychiatric Education: Approaching Smartphone Apps for Learning and Care.

Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry

Torous J, Bauer A, Chan S, Boland R, Ramo D

Representations of Codeine Misuse on Instagram: Content Analysis.

JMIR public health and surveillance

Cherian R, Westbrook M, Ramo D, Sarkar U

Adolescent Exposure to Toxic Volatile Organic Chemicals From E-Cigarettes.


Rubinstein ML, Delucchi K, Benowitz NL, Ramo DE

Using Facebook to address smoking and heavy drinking in young adults: Protocol for a randomized, controlled trial.

Contemporary clinical trials

Ramo DE, Kaur M, Corpuz ES, Satre DD, Delucchi K, Brown SA, Prochaska JJ

Associations between medical cannabis and other drug use among unstably housed women.

The International journal on drug policy

Meacham MC, Ramo DE, Kral AH, Riley ED

Internet gaming disorder: Trends in prevalence 1998-2016.

Addictive behaviors

Feng W, Ramo DE, Chan SR, Bourgeois JA

Social Media and Substance Use: What Should We Be Recommending to Teens and Their Parents?

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Costello CR, Ramo DE

Polydrug use among urban adolescent cigarette smokers.

Addictive behaviors

McKelvey KL, Ramo DE, Delucchi K, Rubinstein ML

Medical marijuana legalization and cigarette and marijuana co-use in adolescents and adults.

Drug and alcohol dependence

Wang JB, Ramo DE, Lisha NE, Cataldo JK

Feasibility and Quit Rates of the Tobacco Status Project: A Facebook Smoking Cessation Intervention for Young Adults.

Journal of medical Internet research

Ramo DE, Thrul J, Chavez K, Delucchi KL, Prochaska JJ

Smoking Cessation Intervention on Facebook: Which Content Generates the Best Engagement?

Journal of medical Internet research

Thrul J, Klein AB, Ramo DE

Cannabis Mobile Apps: A Content Analysis.

JMIR mHealth and uHealth

Ramo DE, Popova L, Grana R, Zhao S, Chavez K

Gender differences in a randomized controlled trial treating tobacco use among adolescents and young adults with mental health concerns.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Prochaska JJ, Fromont SC, Ramo DE, Young-Wolff KC, Delucchi K, Brown RA, Hall SM

Prevalence and Correlates of Social Smoking in Young Adults: Comparisons of Behavioral and Self-Identified Definitions.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Lisha NE, Delucchi KL, Ling PM, Ramo DE

Facebook Recruitment of Young Adult Smokers for a Cessation Trial: Methods, Metrics, and Lessons Learned.

Internet interventions

Ramo DE, Rodriguez TM, Chavez K, Sommer MJ, Prochaska JJ

Young adults who smoke cigarettes and marijuana: analysis of thoughts and behaviors.

Addictive behaviors

Ramo DE, Delucchi KL, Liu H, Hall SM, Prochaska JJ

Subjective social status and substance use severity in a young adult sample.

Psychology of addictive behaviors : journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors

Finch KA, Ramo DE, Delucchi KL, Liu H, Prochaska JJ

Marijuana and tobacco co-use in young adults: patterns and thoughts about use.

Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs

Ramo DE, Delucchi KL, Hall SM, Liu H, Prochaska JJ

Tobacco use and its treatment among young people in mental health settings: a qualitative analysis.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Prochaska JJ, Fromont SC, Wa C, Matlow R, Ramo DE, Hall SM

Correlates of tobacco dependence and motivation to quit among young people receiving mental health treatment.

Drug and alcohol dependence

Grana RA, Ramo DE, Fromont SC, Hall SM, Prochaska JJ

Variation in substance use relapse episodes among adolescents: a longitudinal investigation.

Journal of substance abuse treatment

Ramo DE, Prince MA, Roesch SC, Brown SA

Reliability and validity of young adults' anonymous online reports of marijuana use and thoughts about use.

Psychology of addictive behaviors : journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors

Ramo DE, Liu H, Prochaska JJ

Cocaine use trajectories of club drug-using young adults recruited using time-space sampling.

Addictive behaviors

Ramo DE, Grov C, Delucchi KL, Kelly BC, Parsons JT

Reliability and validity of self-reported smoking in an anonymous online survey with young adults.

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Ramo DE, Hall SM, Prochaska JJ

Reaching young adult smokers through the internet: comparison of three recruitment mechanisms.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Ramo DE, Hall SM, Prochaska JJ

Alcohol and drug involvement after adolescent treatment and functioning during emerging adulthood.

Drug and alcohol dependence

Anderson KG, Ramo DE, Cummins KM, Brown SA

Typology of club drug use among young adults recruited using time-space sampling.

Drug and alcohol dependence

Ramo DE, Grov C, Delucchi K, Kelly BC, Parsons JT

Intentions to quit smoking among youth in substance abuse treatment.

Drug and alcohol dependence

Ramo DE, Prochaska JJ, Myers MG

Psychometric Properties of a Revised Form of the Drug-Taking Confidence Questionnaire for Use with Adolescents.

Journal of child & adolescent substance abuse

Ramo DE, Myers MG, Brown SA

Classes of substance abuse relapse situations: a comparison of adolescents and adults.

Psychology of addictive behaviors : journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors

Ramo DE, Brown SA

Impact of relapse predictors on psychosocial functioning of SUD youth one year after treatment.

Substance abuse

Anderson KG, Ramo DE, Schulte MT, Cummins K, Brown SA

Substance use treatment outcomes for youth: integrating personal and environmental predictors.

Drug and alcohol dependence

Anderson KG, Ramo DE, Schulte MT, Cummins K, Brown SA

Characteristics of relapse to substance use in comorbid adolescents.

Addictive behaviors

Ramo DE, Anderson KG, Tate SR, Brown SA

Treatment of adolescent alcohol-related problems. A translational perspective.

Recent developments in alcoholism : an official publication of the American Medical Society on Alcoholism, the Research Society on Alcoholism, and the National Council on Alcoholism

Brown SA, Anderson KG, Ramo DE, Tomlinson KL