Psychology Department (0436)
109 Williams Hall
Blacksburg VA 24061
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.
Dr. Jules Harrell is a professor of psychology and the author of “Manichean Psychology: Racism and the Minds of People of African Descent.” Dr. Harrell conducts research on the physiological correlates of racial experiences, especially discrimination, as well as other factors that render individuals resilient to the negative effects of racism (e.g., spirituality and communalism). A growing body of research explores the impact of encounters with racism or discrimination on physiological activity.
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. Dichter received his undergraduate degree in psychology at Haverford College, and his Ph.D.
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.
Dr. 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.
Nicole Gardner-Neblett, Ph.D., is an Investigator at Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Gardner-Neblett’s work at FPG focuses on researching factors that promote children’s language and communication development. Dr. Gardner-Neblett studies the oral narrative development of African American children in relation to children’s reading development. In addition, Dr.
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.
Dr. Jill Lorenzi is a postdoctoral clinical associate who has extensive experience in conducting both clinical and research activities related to ASD. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Virginia Tech and her pre-doctoral clinical internship at Marcus Autism Center/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Lorenzi's research interests involve the early identification of and evidence-based treatments for ASD, as well as the development of social attention and behavior.
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.