Craig Ramey, Ph.D.
Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar of Human Development, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development, Virginia Tech
Professor of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
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.
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Education and Training
- West Virginia University: PhD, Life Span Developmental Psychology
- University of California Berkeley: Postdoctoral fellowship, Human Development
- University of Southern California: Research Fellow, Aging and Development
- West Virginia University: MA, Psychology
- West Virginia Psychology: BA, Psychology
- 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
- Scholar of the Week, Virginia Tech, 2012
- Society for Research in Child Development Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children, 2007
- Chair (elected), National Board for Education Sciences, Institute of Education Services, U.S. Department of Education (Presidential nomination, U.S. Senate confirmation), 2007-2008
- Member, National Board for Education Sciences, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education (Presidential nomination, U.S. Senate confirmation), 2006-2007
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Hall of Honor Inductee, “For leading the research effort to document the effectiveness of environmental enrichment as an early intervention to improve outcomes for children at high risk for developmental and intellectual disabilities due to socio-cultural circumstances," 2003
- Senator Howell Heflin Award for Statesmanship in World Health and Education, 2000
- Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction, 2000
- Career Scientist Award, The Academy on Mental Retardation, 1999
- Rose and Al Pastor Distinguished Lecture, Children's Hospital of Buffalo, N.Y., 1999
- Gold Award, National Parenting Publication Award for Parenting Resources for Right From Birth: Building your Child's Foundation for Life, 1999
- Marie Robert Fisher Distinguished Professor, University of North Texas, 1999
- Chautauqua Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Developmental Disabilities, 1997
- Theodore Tjossem Memorial Lecture, University of Washington, 1994
- Administration for Children, Youth and Families Award for Contributions to Head Start Research and Evaluation, 1991
- Ramey CT. (2017). Supporting Adaptive Brain and Behavior: The Abecedarian Approach to Social, Educational, and Health Disparities. Symposium on Adaptive Brain and Behavior: Advancing the Human Condition.
- 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.
- Ramey SL, Lanzi RG, Ramey CT. (2014). Family resilience to promote positive child development, strong and flexible families, and intergenerational vitality. In: Arditti JA (Ed.), Family problems: stress, risk, & resilience. (pp. 185-199).Hoboken, NJ: Wiley/Blackwell.
- Ramey CT, Sparling JJ, Ramely SL. (2014). Interventions for students from impoverished environments. In: Mascolo J, Flanagan D, Alfonso VC (Ed.), Essentials of planning, selecting and tailoring interventions for unique learners. (pp. 415-48).Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Ramey CT. (2014). Preventing intellectual disabilities starting in infancy: Results from randomized controlled Abecedarian trials. Global Education Review 2(4), 1-20.
- Ramey CT, Sparling JJ, Ramey SL. (2012). Abecedarian: The ideas, the approach, and the findings. Los Altos, CA: Sociometrics Corporation.
- Campbell FA., Pungello E, Kainz K, Burchinal M, Yi P, Wasik BH, Barbarin O, Sparling JJ, Ramey CT. (2012). Adult outcomes as a function of an early childhood educational program: An Abecedarian project follow-up. Developmental Psychology 48, 1033-43.
- Ramey SL, Ramey CT. (2012). Understanding the developmental influences of the family environment. In: Mayes LC, Lewis M (Ed.), The environment of human development: A handbook of theory and measurement. (pp. 222-42).New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
- Pungello, E.P., Kainz, K., Burchinal, M., Wasik, B.H., Sparling, J.J. Ramey, C.T., & Campbell, F.A. (2010). Early educational intervention, early cumulative risk, and the early home environment as predictors of young adult outcomes within a high-risk sample. Child Development 81, 410-426.
- Ramey, C.T., & Ramey, S.L. (2010). Head Start: Strategies to improve outcomes for children living in poverty. In: R. Haskins and W.S. Barnett (Ed.), Investing in Young Children: New Directions in Federal and Early Childhood Policy. (pp. 59-67).Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.