Sharon Landesman Ramey

Sharon Landesman Ramey

Speaker 2015

Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Department of Psychology; Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Dr. Sharon Landesman Ramey (Professor and Distinguished Scientist of Human Development at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute at Virginia Tech) is a developmental psychologist who has conducted pioneering research on the early origins of children’s cognitive, social, and emotional competence. Her research includes rigorous testing of innovative treatment interventions for children with developmental disabilities, landmark studies of the impact of the social ecology on quality of life for individuals with intellectual disabilities, longitudinal studies that address health and educational disparities, and innovative early childhood and parenting programs to improve the educational and health outcomes of children. With Dr. Stephanie DeLuca, she co-directs the VTCRI Neuromotor Research Clinic and is the PI for several NIH multisite randomized controlled trials comparing the impact of alternative forms of neurorehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy on their behavioral and brain development. With her husband, Dr. Craig Ramey, she has written award-winning parenting books that became the companion volumes to the PBS television series “Right from Birth” and “Going to School.” She has authored more than 250 scientific publications and 7 books. Her current research focuses on the new field called Implementation Science that seeks to discover the most effective ways to rapidly translate scientific breakthroughs into practical use to realize full benefits for children and families.