Danielle M. Dick, Ph.D.
Danielle M. Dick, Ph.D. is the distinguished Commonwealth Professor of Psychology and Human & Molecular Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she directs a research institute on behavioral and emotional health in young people. Dick’s research focuses on understanding how genetic influences contribute to substance use and mental health outcomes, understanding how the environment alters risk, and developing personalized prevention and intervention strategies. She is currently writing a book for parents about the unique role of genetics in shaping children’s lives (Penguin Random House, spring 2021). She has received grant funding totaling in excess of $25 million from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. She has over 300 peer-reviewed publications, and has won numerous national and international awards for her work.