• Betty Chewning
head shot image

Daniel G Ricci, PharmD, MS

We are all embedded in a large web of social connections which influence many aspects of our lives. Daniel’s research interests are focused on the interplay between this web of human social connections and health. His research aims to investigate how the structure of social relations influence individual health and medical outcomes. Additionally, he is interested in how medications may be influencing the shape of the social networks in which we find ourselves.

More generally, there is a lack of understanding on how and to what extent social network structure, and the process through which it arises, impacts us in our everyday lives. This is largely due to a lack of appropriate human social network data. Daniel is interested in collecting longitudinal data to help answer some of these fundamental questions about social networks, as well as, devising innovative ways of utilizing existing data to answer network questions. 

Current research:

Daniel’s Master’s Thesis will examine the effects of receiving a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and associated treatment, on the size and structure of the social networks of adolescents during high school. This project will use a large secondary dataset of high school aged individuals from the United States. Using the same data, he will also be examining the effects of sleep on various measures of academic performance and health outcomes for the Wisconsin Policy Analysis Lab.  

Daniel is also a pharmacist consultant for a research project examining the differences in information provided during counseling when patients purchase emergency contraceptive, as well as, the patient’s perception of pharmacist empathy.  

Daniel Ricci, PharmD is a graduate student in the Social Administrative Sciences Division of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Daniel is also a staff pharmacist in an independently owned community pharmacy in the Madison area. Additionally, he is a member of the Wisconsin Policy Analysis Lab led by Dr. Jason Fletcher from the Department of Sociology (


Daniel received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in May 2013. In addition to his pharmacy curriculum at Drake, Daniel took additional courses in psychology and neuroscience. 

Daniel is currently a TA for S&A 411: The Role of the Pharmacist in the Public Health System.

Daniel has been practicing at a community pharmacy in the Madison area since his arrival in 2013. 

Highlighted Publications:

Kjos AL, Ricci DG. Pharmacy student professionalism and the internet. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2012;4(2):92–101. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2012.01.004. Science Direct’s Top 25 Hottest Articles 2012 – Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning

Ricci DG, Peters J, Desai K, Chen D, Singh R, Chewning BA. Midwest Social and Administrative Sciences Conference (2014) – West Lafayette, IN. Podium presentation entitled, “Secret Shopper Satisfaction with Pharmacist Counseling after Purchase of Emergency Contraceptive or Ibuprofen in Community Pharmacies.”