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Ronald E. ​Dahl, MD

Professor, Community Health Sciences / Joint Medical Program
  • Director, Institute of Human Development
  • Founding Director, Center for the Developing Adolescent

Ronald E. Dahl is the Director of the Institute of Human Development at UC Berkeley. He also directs the Adolescent Research Collaborative and is the Founding Director of the Center for the Developing Adolescent.
Phone: (510) 643-6095
Address: 2121 Berkeley Way #3240
Berkeley, CA 94720


Ronald E. Dahl is the Director of the Institute of Human Development at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as a Professor in the School of Public Health and the Joint Medical Program and runs the Adolescent Research Collaborative. He is the Founding Director of the  Center for the Developing Adolescent, where he provides the strategic vision for the Center’s research agenda. He is a pediatrician and developmental scientist with long-standing research interests in the development of sleep/arousal regulation, affect regulation and the development of behavioral and emotional disorders in children and adolescents. His current work focuses on adolescence as a developmental period with unique opportunities for early intervention in relation to a wide range of behavioral and emotional health problems. His research is interdisciplinary and bridges between basic developmental research (emphasizing social and affective neuroscience) and the translation of this work into clinical and social policy relevance. He has published extensively on child and adolescent development, sleep disorders, behavioral/emotional health in children, adolescent brain development and on the policy implications of this work. He has been elected as a Fellow of several organizations including: Association for Psychological Science, American Academy of Pediatrics, New York Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is a Founding Editor of the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and is a Past President of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Brain Development
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Early Intervention and Prevention
  • Global Adolescent Health
  • Developmental Science of Adolescence


  • MD – Medicine
    University of Pittsburgh, 1984
  • BS – Biophysics
    Pennsylvania State University, 1979
  • BA – Liberal Arts
    Pennsylvania State University, 1979