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  • Bully Fighters Movie and Panel Discussion - A Red Carpet Premier


    Friday, September 30, 2016 - 06:00

    Virginia Tech Psychology Department and The National Center for Prevention of Community Violence Presents:

    Friday September 30th, 6:00pm

    281 Davidson Hall

    Bully Fighters Movie and Panel Discussion

    Join us for this wonderful program to address ways to prevent bullying and better relations with Police. A Red Carpet gathering to meet the writer and producer of this leading edge movie.

  • PRT Training: Overview of Pivotal Response Treatment for ASD


    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 09:00

    Registration is now open for the PRT Training! This knowledge-based training will discuss the history of Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), highlighting motivational procedures to increase communication while decreasing challenging behaviors. The training will include video examples and interactive activities, emphasizing the importance of data collection to monitor progress. Students will receive a reduced registration fee of $55. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.


  • Colloquium - Dr. Jules Harrell: "Psychophysiological Studies of Racism: A Discussion of Horizons and Cliffs" - Location: Pamplin 1045


    Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 03:30

    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.

  • Colloquium - "Using the Internet to Help Thousands of Anxious Children and Adolescents Across A Nation: Challenges, Successes and Future Directions" - Pamplin 1045


    Friday, November 4, 2016 - 12:30

    Dr. Susan Spence has a strong international reputation for her research in the field of child and adolescent mental health. She has made major contributions to the development and evaluation of social skills training with young people and to our understanding of the aetiology, assessment, treatment and prevention of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents. She has been the lead researcher on several longitudinal studies that examined the role of “protective” factors in reducing the impact of adversity.

  • Colloquium - Dr. Jungmeen Kim-Spoon "Self-Regulation and Health Risk Behaviors in Adolescence" - Location: 320 Lavery Hall


    Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 03:30

    Dr. Kim-Spoon is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech.  Her research interests are in the general area of developmental psychopathology, including:

  • VTCAR Speaker Series presents Dr. Gabriel Dichter


    Friday, November 18, 2016 - 12:30

    Dr. Gabriel Dichter is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, he is the Director of their Clinical Affective Neuroscience Lab, and a faculty in the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. Ditcher received his undergraduate degree in psychology at Haverford College, and his Ph.D.

  • Colloquium - Dr. Thomas Ollendick "Phobic and Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Where to from Here?" - Location: Pamplin 1045


    Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 03:30

    Thomas H. Ollendick, Ph.D., is University Distinguished Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Child Study Center at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. He is the author or co-author of over 350 research publications, 100 book chapters, and 35 books.

  • VTCAR Speaker Series presents Dr. Mike Bowers


    Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:30

    Mike Bowers is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Techs School of Neuroscience. Bowers earned dual bachelor’s degrees in psychology and biology from Oklahoma State University; a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of New Mexico; and a doctorate in psychology from Oklahoma State University. His research will aim to understand why a gender bias exists in autism patients, as well as those with other language-related disorders. Bowers is also interested in developing therapeutic treatments that can help individuals with communication deficits. 

  • March 30th-31st: 2017 VTAC/VTCAR Annual Conference


    Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 08:00

    Faculty, students, affiliates, and community are invited to attend the fourth annual Autism Conference, sponsored by the VT Center for Autism Research (VTCAR) and VT Autism Clinic (VTAC). The theme for this years conference will be Advocacy. The annual conference will aim to present research that aligns with its core focus areas: Biomedical and Imaging, Technology, Education, and Clinical Translational.  

  • Colloquium - Dr. Keith Kline "Cardiovascular, Affective, and Behavioral Responses to Masculinity-challenging Stressors: Active versus Passive Coping" - Location TBD


    Monday, April 10, 2017 - 03:30

    Dr. Keith Kline is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Virginia Military Institute.  He received his B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 1993, and then his M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1996 and 1998 from the University of Tennessee.  Dr.