Craig Ramey

Craig Ramey, Ph.D.

Research Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar of Human Development, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Research Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, College of Science, Virginia Tech

Research Professor of Human Development, College of Liberal Arts and Human Science, Virginia Tech

Research Professor, Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine


Office phone: 540-526-2080

Office location: R2012

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Craig Ramey’s program of research centers on the role of experience – across the human lifespan - in the development of competence and robust health. His approach relies largely on experimental interventions in education, psychology, and pediatrics that provide rigorous tests of plausible developmental mechanisms of stability and change within dynamic, multilayered ecologies. In addition, he engages both epidemiological and longitudinal datasets to provide a broad contextual framework for identifying the multiple, inter-related conditions that influence biopsychosocial risk, protective, and facilitating factors. Ramey’s research findings are highly relevant to many national and international policy issues. Accordingly, he has extended his research into topics that address “going-to-scale” and rapid application of scientific findings that can prevent disabilities, promote children’s education and health outcomes, and improve family and community well being. This new field of “implementation science” represents a new frontier for the neurosciences and for educating health practitioners and policymakers. As Ramey says, the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute affords him a unique opportunity to pursue his research interests in collaboration with scientists, scholars, and practitioners who themselves are challenging old paradigms and forging a new frontier in human developmental science.

For a more complete listing of Craig Ramey's publications, visit PubMed.

Education and Training

  • University of California Berkeley: Postdoctoral fellowship , Human Development
  • West Virginia University: PhD , Life Span Developmental Psychology
  • West Virginia University: MA , Psychology
  • University of Southern California: Research Fellow , Aging and Development
  • West Virginia Psychology: BA , Psychology

Previous Positions

  • Georgetown University Founding Director, Georgetown University Center on Health and Education
    Distinguished Professor, Health Studies and Psychiatry
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Founding Director, Civitan International Research Center
    University Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics, Sociology, Nursing, Maternal and Child Health, and Neurobiology
    Director, Alabama's University Affiliated Program for Developmental Disabilities
    Director, Developmental Psychology Graduate Training Program

Awards and Honors

  • LEAD Virginia Class of 2015
  • Invited Martin Luther King Campus-Wide Address, 2015
  • United Way of Roanoke Valley Community Impact Award, 2015
  • Fordham University Excellence in Early Childhood Award, 2013
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, 2013

Selected Publications

Luo Y, Hétu S, Lohrenz T, Hula A, Dayan P, Ramey SL, Sonnier-Netto L, Lisinski J, LaConte S, Nolte T, Fonagy P, Rahmani E, Montague PR, Ramey C. (2018). Early childhood investment impacts social decision-making four decades later. Nature Communications 9(1): 4705.

Ramey, C.T. (2018). The Abecedarian Approach to Social, Educational, and Health Disparities. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review 21: 527-544.

Bickel WK, Moody L, Quisenberry AJ, Ramey CT, Sheffer CE. (2014). A competing neurobehavioral decision systems model of SES-related health and behavioral disparities. Preventative Medicine 68: 37-43.