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Dr. Jones receives the COS Diversity Award

Dr. Jones receives the College of Science Diversity Award at fall College of Science reception.

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Faculty and students from Virginia Tech’s clinical psychology program attended and presented at the first annual JCCAP Future Directions Forum at the University of Maryland.

Shara Grant chosen for GSOAR Program

Shara Grant, a doctoral student in the Biological Psychology concentration has been awarded a spot in the Graduate Summer Opportunity to Advance Research (GSOAR) Program at NIH for summer 2017. Part of the goal of this program is a commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community, particularly for biological research (

Amanda Halliburton chosen for Bouchet Honor

Amanda E. Halliburton, of the Investigation of Science and Practice Integration (I-SPI) lab (, has been accepted into the Edward A. Bouchet Honor Society.

Manasia Sturdivant selected as 2017-2018 Diversity Scholar

Manasia Sturdivant, a doctoral student in the Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology concentration has been selected as a Graduate School diversity scholar for 2017-2018.  Her research interests are in discrimination and stigma in the workplace and diversity and its influence on motivation and productivity.  Read more about Manasia's diversity project at:

Shara Grant receives SPR Diversity Travel Award

Shara Grant, of Dr. Friedman’s lab ( became one of the first recipients of the Society for Psychophysiological Research’s ( Diversity Travel Award. Shara’s research investigates the effects of caffeine on cardiovascular reactivity in an effort to develop proper methodological controls for this drug.

Grad Student Andrea Trubanova Receives Awards

Andrea Trubanova, doctoral student in the Clinical Science program, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $2,000 from the Organization for Autism Research to support her dissertation research. The project titled, “Attention Modification to Attenuate Facial Emotion Recognition Deficits in Children with ASD," also was awarded the first annual Routh Research and Dissertation grant from the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP)/APA Division 53. This is the first year for this award and the reviewers’ comments included the statements.

Faculty Collaborate on New Grant to Study Leadership in Healthcare Teams

Drs. Sarah Parker, Roseanne Foti, and Neil Hauenstein are collaborating on a newly funded R03 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (NIH) entitled,  “Using discourse analysis to identify and predict leadership performance in dynamic healthcare teams.”

Students Selected to the Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence

Amanda Halliburton, a graduate student in Clinical Science, has been selected as a Founding Fellow of the Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence and Micah Roediger, a graduate student in Industrial-Organizational, has been selected as a Member of the Academy. Both were inducted at a ceremony on March 22, 2016. They will help develop the Academy and are recognized for their strong commitment to excellence in teaching and creating affirming learning opportunities in higher education.

Jon Waldron is the 2016 College of Science Outstanding Doctoral Student

Jonathan Waldron, a graduate student in the Clinical Science program, has been named Outstanding Doctoral Student for 2015-16 in Virginia Tech's College of Science.  The Outstanding Doctoral Student award recognizes excellence in academic performance and research, teaching success, honors and awards, and involvement in outreach activities.  We congratulate Jon on this well-deserved recognition of his accomplishments and contributions!