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Jordan Booker awarded SREB Doctoral Award


Jordan Booker has been awarded an SREB Doctoral Award to fund his studies in the Developmental and Biological Psychology program for 2011-2014.

Richard Winett appointed expert reviewer for TREC


Richard Winett has been appointed as an expert reviewer for the National Cancer Institute's initiative for Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC).

Dr. Susan White's Psychosocial Interventions lab studies therapeutic treatments for children, adolescents, and adults with autism


Dr. Susan White's Psychosocial Interventions lab studies therapeutic treatments for children, adolescents, and adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders lab. We also conduct research on psychiatric comorbidity in people who have autism and related conditions, and the continuous, dimensional nature of symptoms of autism seen in the general population. Graduate and undergraduate students work together on shared research interests in the lab.

The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic


The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) is currently working on multiple clinical and research projects with the overarching goal of improving quality of life for people with autism spectrum disorders. Our clinical interventions include both behavioral and cognitive-behavioral interventions for children and adolescents. We also offer Pivotal Response Training for parents with children on the autism spectrum. Our research focuses on developing clinical interventions and investigating the biological underpinnings of autism.

The Clinical Psychology faculty emphasize the development of strong clinical skills as an essential part of our training program


Lee Cooper, Director of the Psychological Services Center (http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc), is seen here with his clinical practicum team. The Clinical Psychology faculty emphasize the development of strong clinical skills as an essential part of our training program. Practicum teams consist of one or two first year students, several second year students, and a fourth year student. Dr.

The JK Life-span Development Lab members study social and personality processes for developmental psychopathology


The JK Life-span Development Lab members (Assistant Professor Jungmeen Kim along with Eirini Papafratzeskakou, Diana Riser, Greg Longo, Kati Ann Leonberger, and Megan Lyons) study social and personality processes as risk and resilience factors for developmental psychopathology.

Graduate students and faculty in the Psychology Department recently edited a laboratory manual about the psychophysiological processes of the human body


Graduate students and faculty in the Psychology Department recently edited a laboratory manual for use by undergraduate students in the department's Physiological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology labs. This lab manual has been used with great success in teaching students about the psychophysiological processes of the human body, specifically the central, autonomic, and somatic nervous systems.

Psychophysiological methods to explore the mind-body relationship


The Mind-Body Lab is under the direction of Dr. Bruce Friedman. Current research uses psychophysiological methods to explore the mind-body relationship. Our work is primarily focused on the relationships between emotions, personality, and autonomic nervous system activity. Some specific topics of interest include states and traits such as anxiety, worry, stress, and hostility in relation to cardiovascular activity; autonomic activity and emotion; reflexive versus intentional action,; and meditation and biofeedback.

Studying how to improve the effectiveness of interdisciplinary work teams


Associate Professor Roseanne J. Foti, along with Rob Knee, Jessie Huang, and Nicole Thompson are studying how to improve the effectiveness of interdisciplinary work teams. They are part of a team of researchers from the Colleges of Science and Engineering who have received significant funding for this project from the National Science Foundation. You can read more about the project at http://www.psyc.vt.edu/labs/socdev/

Shelmeshia Hill, a McNair Scholar, explains her work at the Virginia Tech Summer Research Symposium


Shelmeshia Hill explains her work at the Virginia Tech Summer Research Symposium. Shelmeshia, a McNair Scholar, worked with a team of researchers from Julie Dunsmore’s Social Development Lab and Tom Ollendick’s Child Study Center on a project examining parent-child emotional communication in families seeking treatment for their child’s oppositional behavior. This project was conducted with funding from Virginia Tech’s Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment and the National Institute of Mental Health.