CAPS Town Hall presents: Danielle Ramo, PhD, Director of Research & Fred Dillon, Senior Director of Strategy and Design at Hopelab -- How a Social Innovation Lab is Using Technology to Improve the Wellbeing of Young People
550 16th St., 3rd Floor, Room 3700
San Francisco, CA 94143
Dr. Danielle Ramo is Director of Research at Hopelab, a social innovation lab combining behavioral science and design to create technological solutions to challenges in adolescent health and wellbeing. Dr. Ramo is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC San Francisco and a licensed psychologist.
Dr. Ramo came to Hopelab after six years on the faculty in the department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Her research has focused on using digital tools (e.g., social media, apps) to understand and address drug and alcohol use among young people. She has led multiple clinical trials testing the efficacy of social media interventions to reduce substance use, as well as studies examining the toxicology of vaping in adolescents and tobacco and marijuana co-use in a changing policy landscape.
Dr. Ramo has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and multiple book chapters in the areas of substance use and mental health among young people. She has received grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the California Tobacco-Related Diseases Research Program. Dr. Ramo has written opinion pieces for the San Francisco Chronicle, and Thrive Global. 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.
Fred Dillon leads interdisciplinary teams of Hopelab staff and external collaborators to develop and refine innovations in an iterative, customer-focused process. In that capacity, Fred has overseen ongoing development of Hopelab’s Re-Mission game for teens and young adults with cancer and guided the development of Zamzee, a product to motivate kids to be more physically active. He has been instrumental in shaping Hopelab’s initiative to promote human health, wellness, and resilience through social tech innovation. Through that initiative, he’s played a leading role in the development of the Mood Meter App, which is designed to improve the emotional intelligence of youth, and the Greater Good in Action web portal, a clearinghouse for research-based practices to lead a more meaningful and satisfying life.
Hopelab is a social innovation lab focused on designing science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. Some of the projects we are currently working on include: Goal Mama, an app to support the Nurse-Family Partnership, Vivibot, a chatbot for cancer survivors, Exploring Teen Mental and Emotional Well-Being, and A National Survey on Teens, Social Media, and Depression