Sharon Ramey, a Ph. Sharon began her lifelong commitment to disabled and disadvantaged people as a graduate student in the Developmental Area of UW Psychology, with Gene Sackett as her advisor. Her subsequent research has received international attention and provided scientific support for revamping service delivery systems to mentally retarded and disabled populations. For more than 30 years, she has been a pivotal figure in the study of child development, working on issues such as the sociology and economics of poverty, juvenile drug addiction, mental retardation and childhood disability as they impact health and human services. Her life has been dedicated to helping disadvantaged people realize their best possible intellectual, physical and personal lives.
Human Capital - The Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics
The project explored risk and protective factors across the transition to parenting and their impact on child development. The Parenting for the First Time project was a 4-site University of Notre Dame, University of Kansas, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Georgetown University , 5-year prospective longitudinal study of adolescent mothers and their children as well as a comparison group of adult mothers. The study involved three types of assessments, including office visits, home visits, and mobile phone interviews. Major constructs include parenting, maternal mental health depression, self-esteem, self-efficacy, externalizing behaviors , social support, readiness to parent, risk for poor parenting, as well as a variety of child development domains social, behavioral, cognitive, receptive language. This project advanced the measurement of non-optimal parenting including the use of mobile phones to capture daily interactions. It illuminated risks associated with at-risk parenting, such as childhood obesity and development delays.
Sharon Ramey is a professor and research scholar at Virginia Tech University. Ramey and her husband, Dr. Craig Ramey, have done extensive work on the health and development of young children.