Psychology Department (0436)
109 Williams Hall
Blacksburg VA 24061
Dr. Pole is an award-winning 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. Dr.
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.