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Danielle Ramo, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Research / Staff

Dr. Danielle Ramo is Senior Director of Research at Hopelab, where she helps to oversee the design and implementation of research efforts across Hopelab’s projects. Danielle is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Weill Institute for Neurosciences at UC San Francisco and a licensed psychologist.

Dr. Ramo came to Hopelab in 2018 after six years on the faculty at UCSF, where she led a research program at the intersection of substance use and digital mental health. She has led multiple clinical trials testing the efficacy of a social media-based intervention to reduce substance use, and studies examining the toxicology of vaping in adolescents and tobacco and marijuana co-use in a changing policy landscape.

She has published over 75 peer-reviewed publications and multiple book chapters in drug use and mental health and received grants from the National Institutes of Health and the California Tobacco-Related Diseases Research Program. Dr. Ramo has written opinion pieces for the San Francisco Chronicle and Thrive Global, and regularly speaks to teens, parents, and the media about substance use and mental health among young people in the digital age.

Content written by Danielle Ramo, Ph.D.

COVID-19: 5 Ways Students Can Prevent Loneliness
Loneliness

Five ways the Nod app encourages lasting social connections, even during COVID-19.

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Making a Mental Health Startup? How a Professional Can Help
Mental Health

Hopelab joined HackMentalHealth, Vinaj Ventures, and Second Muse to host a mentoring event for early-stage startups in the digital mental health space.

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Challenges and Opportunities in Digital Mental Health: A Collaboration Between Hopelab and Hack Mental Health
Mental Health

Mental health problems are not new—but the recognition that there is a huge unmet need in the area, and that technology can be part of the solution, is becoming more and more pervasive in the Bay Area.

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Young People Hacking A Way to Better Health
The Future of Healthcare

Reflections on Hack Mental Health UCSF Mental Health Hackathon. Hacking for better solutions for mental health of young people.

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We’re Dying Earlier – How Is Social Media Involved and What Can We Do About It?
Mental Health

What role is social media is playing in life expectancy issues for young people? Dr. Danielle Ramo, director of research operations weighs in.

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The Mental Health of Young Americans
Mental Health

At Hopelab we are using technology to support the emotional well-being of teens and young adults. People often ask me, “Isn’t technology part of the problem?

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Tackling Mental Health and Failure
Mental Health

At Hopelab, we believe that the patient experience is invaluable to developing tools that will impact their lives. We involve patients in the early research, design, and evaluation of the digital tools we develop.

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Using Social Media to Reach Young People Where They Are
Social Media

As a clinical psychologist and researcher in adolescent and young adult mental health, I have found that meeting young people where they are at (not where we want them to be) is a key element of successful interventions.

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