Psychology Department (0436)
109 Williams Hall
Blacksburg VA 24061
Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP is a Pegasus Professor, Professor of Psychology, and Professor of Medical Education. She holds American Board of Professional Psychology Diplomates in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.
Dr. Julian Thayer is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Ohio State University. Dr. Thayer completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University in 1981 and received his Ph.D. in 1986 from New York University with a specialization in psychophysiology with a minor in quantitative psychology. Dr. Thayer's area of specialization is psychophysiological aspects of self regulation, particularly parasympathetic influences on physical and mental health including hypertension, anxiety, and depression. Dr.
Dr. Levy is Chair and Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Akron. He received his Ph.D. in I/O psychology from Virginia Tech in 1989. His research interests include performance appraisal, feedback, motivation, and organizational justice. Courses taught include work-related attitudes, I/O psychology, research design and development, and social psychology.
Dr. Michael Fox is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute at Virginia Tech. His lab is interested in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive two aspects of synapse formation—synaptic targeting and synaptic differentiation. Synapses are specialized sites that allow information to be passed between neurons. Their importance is highlighted by the fact that even minor synaptic abnormalities, caused by disease or neurotrauma, result in devastating neurological conditions.
“Autism Spectrum Disorders: A brief overview of child characteristics” in North End Center 2200.
Dr. Nuri M. Reyes obtained her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech with a focus in social and emotional functioning in children with ASD. Currently, she is completing a postdoctoral fellowship with concentration in child clinical psychology and developmental psychopathology at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Dr. Foti is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D. from The University of Akron. She is a fellow of the Society for I/O Psychology (SIOP) as well as the recipient of the University Alumni Teaching Award for 2005 and the SIOP Distinguished Teaching Contributions for 2006. She is a co-principal investigator on one National Science Foundation grant, and actively involved with a second NSF grant. The first grant is part of the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program.
Sandra Graham is a Professor in the Human Development and Psychology division in the Department of Education at UCLA and the University of California Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity. Her major research interests include the study of academic motivation and social development in children of color, particularly in school contexts that vary in racial/ethnic diversity. She is Principal Investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
Dr. Harrell is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Howard University.
A growing body of research explores the impact of encounters with racism or discrimination on physiological activity. Investigators have collected these data in laboratories and in controlled clinical settings. Several but not all of the studies suggest that higher blood pressure levels are associated with the tendency not to recall or report occurrences identified as racist and discriminatory.
Dr. Pole is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Smith College. His research interests involve the study of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychophysiology, Police Stress, Emotion research, Minority mental health, and Psychotherapy processes.