Danielle E. Ramo, PhD

Danielle E. Ramo, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry


Phone: (415) 476-7071

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Associate Member ยป Tobacco Control

Research Summary

Dr. Danielle Ramo is Assistant Professor and licensed psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. 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 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 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 followed for 12 months. 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 also 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, Dr. Ramo 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 parents and school administrators about prevention of substance abuse throughout Marin, Sonoma, and San Francisco counties.

Dr. Ramo obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Economics at Columbia University, and a Master's Degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.


Columbia University,    BA,    05/99,    Urban Studies, Econ.
Columbia University    Certificate,    12/01,    Psychology
San Diego State University,    MS,    05/05,    Clinical Psychology
UC San Diego/San Diego State Joint Program,    PhD,    06/08,    Clinical Psychology
University of California, San Francisco    Fellowship,    06/09,    Clinical Psychology
University of California, San Francisco    Fellowship,    06/12,    Substance Abuse

Professional Experience

  • 2001-2002
    Research Assistant, Columbia University/NY State Psychiatric Institute
  • 2002-2007
    Research Coordinator, UC San Diego
  • 2003-2005
    Teaching Assistant, UC San Diego
  • 2003-2005
    Co-advisor, Senior Honor’s Theses, Department of Psychology, UC San Deigo
  • 2005-2006
    Teaching Associate, San Diego State University
  • 2007-2009
    Psychology Fellow, Clinical Psychology Training Program, UC San Francisco
  • 2007-present
    Small Group Instructor, School of Medicine, UCSF
  • 2009-2012
    NIDA T32-funded Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
  • 2010-present
    Co-Leader, Leadership Seminar for Senior Trainees, Dept. of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco
  • 2012-present
    Assistant Professor, Adjunct Academic Senate Series, UC San Francisco
  • 2012-present
    Program Faculty, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, UCSF
  • 2012-present
    Program Faculty, Treatment Research Center, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1995-1999
    Dean's List, Columbia University, each year
  • 2003-2006
    University of California Travel Award, each year
  • 2003-2006
    San Diego State University Student Travel Award, each year
  • 2003-2005
    Research Society on Alcoholism Student Merit Award, each year
  • 2005
    American Psychological Society Convention Travel Assistance
  • 2006
    College on Problems of Drug Dependence Early Career Investigator Award
  • 2007
    NIDA Early Career Investigator Poster Session Travel Award to APA
  • 2009
    NIDA Addiction Health Services Research New Investigator Travel Award
  • 2011, 2012
    NIDA Director's Travel Award, College on Problems of Drug Dependence
  • 2012
    Research Society on Alcoholism Early Career Investigator Travel Award

Selected Publications

  1. 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.
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  2. 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.
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  3. Ramo DE, Popova L, Grana R, Zhao S, Chavez K. Cannabis Mobile Apps: A Content Analysis. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015; 3(3):e81.
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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.
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  6. 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.
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  7. 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.
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  8. Ramo DE, Rodriguez TM, Chavez K, Sommer MJ, Prochaska JJ. Facebook Recruitment of Young Adult Smokers for a Cessation Trial: Methods, Metrics, and Lessons Learned. Internet Interv. 2014 Apr; 1(2):58-64.
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  9. 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.
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  10. Ramo DE, Delucchi KL, Liu H, Hall SM, Prochaska JJ. Young adults who smoke cigarettes and marijuana: analysis of thoughts and behaviors. Addict Behav. 2014 Jan; 39(1):77-84.
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  11. Finch KA, Ramo DE, Delucchi KL, Liu H, Prochaska JJ. Subjective social status and substance use severity in a young adult sample. Psychol Addict Behav. 2013 Sep; 27(3):901-8.
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  12. Ramo DE, Delucchi KL, Hall SM, Liu H, Prochaska JJ. Marijuana and tobacco co-use in young adults: patterns and thoughts about use. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2013 Mar; 74(2):301-10.
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  13. Ramo DE, Liu H, Prochaska JJ. Validity and reliability of the nicotine and marijuana interaction expectancy (NAMIE) questionnaire. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Jul 1; 131(1-2):166-70.
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  14. Prochaska JJ, Fromont SC, Wa C, Matlow R, Ramo DE, Hall SM. Tobacco use and its treatment among young people in mental health settings: a qualitative analysis. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Aug; 15(8):1427-35.
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  15. Grana RA, Ramo DE, Fromont SC, Hall SM, Prochaska JJ. Correlates of tobacco dependence and motivation to quit among young people receiving mental health treatment. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Sep 1; 125(1-2):127-31.
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  16. Ramo DE, Prochaska JJ. Prevalence and co-use of marijuana among young adult cigarette smokers: An anonymous online national survey. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2012; 7:5.
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  17. Ramo DE, Prochaska JJ. Broad reach and targeted recruitment using Facebook for an online survey of young adult substance use. J Med Internet Res. 2012; 14(1):e28.
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  18. Ramo DE, Liu H, Prochaska JJ. Tobacco and marijuana use among adolescents and young adults: a systematic review of their co-use. Clin Psychol Rev. 2012 Mar; 32(2):105-21.
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  19. Ramo DE, Prince MA, Roesch SC, Brown SA. Variation in substance use relapse episodes among adolescents: a longitudinal investigation. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2012 Jul; 43(1):44-52.
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  20. Ramo DE, Liu H, Prochaska JJ. Reliability and validity of young adults' anonymous online reports of marijuana use and thoughts about use. Psychol Addict Behav. 2012 Dec; 26(4):801-11.
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