Dan Romer, PhD
Senior Fellow

Dr. Romer  is the Research Director at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Dan Romer, PhD is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Research Director at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). He also serves as Director of the Adolescent Communication Institute (ACI) at Penn.

Dr. Romer has conducted extensive research on how social interaction and media influence decision-making and behavior, as well as several studies on adolescent health and development. His work has appeared in several high-impact peer reviewed publications and include research on the effects of television news on race relations; the role of education on the political engagement of teens; the factors that underlie early drug use in teens; and the effects of graphic warning labels on cigarettes. 

He has served on numerous grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is on the editorial board of the following journals: Plus One, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, and Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. Dr. Romer’s edited volume, Reducing Adolescent Risk: Toward an Integrated Strategy (Sage Press, 2003), presents the findings of a conference held at the Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2002 to define a more comprehensive national strategy for healthy adolescent development. Along with Kathleen Jamieson, he coordinated the publication of the award-winning volume Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders (Oxford, 2005) which was released in its second edition in 2017. He has also directed the National Annenberg Survey of Youth, a biannual study of 900 youth ages 14 to 22 sponsored by ACI.

BA, Dartmouth College (Psychology)

PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago (Social Psychology)

Senior Fellow, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Children's Hospital of Philadelpia

Research Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania

Director, Adolescent Communication Institute, University of Pennsylvania

Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

Member, American Public Health Association

Member, Society for Prevention Research

Member, Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research

Adebimpe A, Bassett DS, Jamieson PE, Romer D. Intersubject Synchronization of Late Adolescent Brain Responses to Violent Movies: A Virtue-Ethics ApproachFront Behav Neurosci. 2019;13:260.

O'Neill D, Walshe EA, Romer D, Winston FK. Transportation Equity, Health, and Aging: A Novel Approach to Healthy Longevity with Benefits Across the Life Span. Washington, DC: National Academy of Medicine; 2019.

Walshe EA, Winston FK, Romer D, Betancourt LM, Arena K, Khurana A. Working Memory Development and Motor Vehicle Crashes in Young DriversJAMA Network Open. 2019.

Arendt F, Scherr S, Pasek J, Jamieson PE, Romer D. Investigating Harmful and Helpful Effects of Watching Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why: Results of a Two-Wave U.S. Panel Survey. Soc Sci Med. 2019;232:489-498.

Walshe EA, Romer D, Winston FK, Betancourt LM, Arena K. Cell Phone Use While Driving: A Pattern of Risk in Young Novice DriversAcademic Journal of Pediatrics & Neonatology. 2018;6(5).

Contact Information

Annenberg School for Communication, 3620 Walnut St., Philadelphia PA, 19104