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Vanessa Brown Awarded Prestigious APF Research Scholarship


Vanessa Brown, graduate student in the Clinical Science program, has been awarded an American Psychological Foundation 2015 COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarship. She will receive $1000 to support her study, “A Learning Retraining Task to Target Value-Based Learning Abnormalities in Depression.”

Graduate Student Caitlin Conner Receives Award for Mindfulness Research


Caitlin Conner, graduate student in clinical science, was honored in October when she was selected by the American Mindfulness Research Association to receive a Professional Development Award. In addition to this distinguished recognition, Caitlin will also receive a $500 award to support her ongoing work in mindfulness research and practice. This research award was established to support promising trainees who are working toward the completion of their dissertation research project pertaining to the topic of mindfulness at a degree-granting institution.

Dr. Susan White and Students Receive Awards at ABCT


Dr. Susan White and her students received multiple awards from the Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders (ASDD) Special Interest Group at the recent Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (ABCT) Conference in Chicago.

 Caitlin M. Conner, 5th year student, received the Student Award, for her promise as a productive scholar.

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Dr. Susan White Appointed Associate Editor


Dr. Susan White has been appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP).

Faculty Search for Senior Neuroscientist


Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech (http://www.psyc.vt.edu) seeks a senior neuroscientist to complement recent growth in neuroscience in the department, college, and throughout the university. Exceptional advanced and senior candidates with an emphasis in cognitive, affective, social, or developmental neuroscience; biological psychology; or computational neuroscience, all with a focus on human systems, are encouraged to apply. Appointment will be made at the Associate Professor or Professor level, with tenure.

Faculty Win Teaching Awards


Dr. Jungmeen Kim-Spoon and Dr. Rachel Diana are recipients of the College of Science (COS), Dr. Carroll B. Shannon Certificate of Teaching Excellence. They were chosen by the COS Faculty Association for their demonstrated excellence in the classroom and were the only two faculty in the COS who received these awards for 2015. They will receive their certificates and cash awards at a COS reception on September 22, 2015.

Graduate Student Lara Moody Receives NRSA Grant


Lara Moody, graduate student in the Clinical Science area, was awarded an NIH NRSA F31 from NIAAA on The Selectivity of Working Memory Training on Self-Control in Alcohol-Dependence. Lara will study the impact of working memory training&nb

Summer MAOP Student at Child Study Center Featured


Chentelle Guest, a student participating in a MAOP Summer Research Internship at the Child Study Center, was featured in the VT Daily News.

Susan White Gets New Grant to Develop Emotion Training Software


Dr. Susan White and her colleague Dr. Lynn Abbott, of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are co-PIs on a new NIH-funded R03 titled Developing an Automated Emotion Training System . The long-term goal of this project is to develop an interactive, computer-assisted system that will help children who struggle with recognition and expression of nonverbal emotion.

Martha Ann Bell Appointed Chair of NIH Study Section


Dr. Martha Ann Bell has been appointed chairperson of the Cognition and Perception Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the term beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2017. Chairing a study section represents a major commitment of professional time and energy as well as a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort.