Research Summary

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 (, and co-directs the Psychiatry Digital Health Core ( 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 (, 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.

Research Funding

  • July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019 - Effects of California's 2016 tobacco policies, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, Sponsor Award ID: TRDRP 26IR-0014
  • May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2019 - Using Facebook to address smoking and heavy drinking in young adults, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIDA, Sponsor Award ID: R34DA041637
  • August 1, 2017 - February 28, 2019 - A Facebook intervention for young sexual and gender minority smokers, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIMHD, Sponsor Award ID: R21MD011765
  • September 30, 2016 - August 31, 2018 - Development of CONNECT: a Social Media Intervention for Depressed Cannabis Users, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R21DA042627


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

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. Meacham MC, Liang OS, Zhao M, Yang CC, Thrul J, Ramo DE Connectedness Based on Shared Engagement Predicts Remote Biochemically Verified Quit Status Within Smoking Cessation Treatment Groups on Facebook.  View on PubMed
  2. Vogel EA, Ramo DE, Meacham MC, Prochaska JJ, Delucchi KL, Humfleet GL The Put It Out Project (POP) Facebook Intervention for Young Sexual and Gender Minority Smokers: Outcomes of a Pilot, Randomized, Controlled Trial.  View on PubMed
  3. Vogel EA, Ly K, Ramo DE, Satterfield J Strategies to improve treatment utilization for substance use disorders: A systematic review of intervention studies.  View on PubMed
  4. Meacham MC, Liang OS, Zhao M, Yang CC, Thrul J, Ramo DE Corrigendum to: Connectedness Based on Shared Engagement Predicts Remote Biochemically Verified Quit Status Within Smoking Cessation Treatment Groups on Facebook.  View on PubMed
  5. Ramo DE, Thrul J, Vogel EA, Delucchi K, Prochaska JJ Multiple Health Risk Behaviors in Young Adult Smokers: Stages of Change and Stability over Time.  View on PubMed
  6. Vogel EA, Ramo DE, Rubinstein ML, Delucchi KL, Darrow S, Costello C, Prochaska JJ Effects of Social Media on Adolescents' Willingness and Intention to Use E-Cigarettes: An Experimental Investigation.  View on PubMed
  7. Thrul J, Meacham MC, Tice C, Kelly O, Ramo DE Live counselor contact in a Facebook intervention predicts smoking cessation outcomes.  View on PubMed
  8. Harrison A, Ramo D, Hall SM, Estrada-Gonzalez V, Tolou-Shams M Cigarette Smoking, Mental Health, and Other Substance Use among Court-Involved Youth.  View on PubMed
  9. Greer S, Ramo D, Chang YJ, Fu M, Moskowitz J, Haritatos J Use of the Chatbot "Vivibot" to Deliver Positive Psychology Skills and Promote Well-Being Among Young People After Cancer Treatment: Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial.  View on PubMed
  10. Vogel EA, Ramo DE Smoking cessation, metabolic risk behaviors, and stress management over time in a sample of young adult smokers.  View on PubMed
  11. Meacham MC, Roh S, Chang JS, Ramo DE Frequently asked questions about dabbing concentrates in online cannabis community discussion forums.  View on PubMed
  12. Vogel EA, Prochaska JJ, Ramo DE, Andres J, Rubinstein ML Adolescents' E-Cigarette Use: Increases in Frequency, Dependence, and Nicotine Exposure Over 12 Months.  View on PubMed
  13. Apollonio DE, Spetz J, Schmidt L, Jacobs L, Kaur M, Ramo D Prevalence and Correlates of Simultaneous and Separate 30-Day Use of Tobacco and Cannabis: Results from the California Adult Tobacco Survey.  View on PubMed
  14. Ramo DE, Meacham MC, Kaur M, Corpuz ES, Prochaska JJ, Satre DD Development of a social media-based intervention targeting tobacco use and heavy episodic drinking in young adults.  View on PubMed
  15. Vogel EA, Humfleet GL, Meacham M, Prochaska JJ, Ramo DE Sexual and gender minority young adults' smoking characteristics: Assessing differences by sexual orientation and gender identity.  View on PubMed
  16. Vogel EA, Belohlavek A, Prochaska JJ, Ramo DE Development and acceptability testing of a Facebook smoking cessation intervention for sexual and gender minority young adults.  View on PubMed
  17. McQuoid J, Thrul J, Ozer E, Ramo D, Ling PM Tobacco use in the sexual borderlands: The smoking contexts and practices of bisexual young adults.  View on PubMed
  18. Ramo DE, Meacham M, Thrul J, Belohlavek A, Sarkar U, Humfleet G Exploring Identities and Preferences for Intervention Among LGBTQ+ Young Adult Smokers Through Online Focus Groups.  View on PubMed
  19. Vogel EA, Thrul J, Humfleet GL, Delucchi KL, Ramo DE Smoking cessation intervention trial outcomes for sexual and gender minority young adults.  View on PubMed
  20. Satre DD, Borsari B, Tompkins DA, Ramo D Psychiatric Disorders and Comorbid Cannabis Use: When Should We Be Concerned and What Can We Do About It?  View on PubMed

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