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Violence and Victimization lab studies psychological and physiological factors associated with victimization and perpetration of aggression.


Dr. Angela Scarpa’s Violence and Victimization lab studies psychological (e.g., family history, coping skills, psychopathology) and physiological factors (e.g., heart rate, skin conductance, cortisol) associated with victimization and perpetration of aggression. Graduate student members include Anthony Wells, Akiho Tanaka, Michelle Patriquin, and Laura Wilson. Ongoing projects include Women’s Sexual Revictimization study, Health and Immune Functioning in Young Adult Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A Pilot Study, and the Emotional Aggression study.

Clinical Research Fair


The Clinical Psychology Program held its first annual Clinical Research Fair on March 27th. The event, supported by a Department Climate mini-grant from AdvanceVT, allowed graduate students and faculty to discuss their work and share some of their latest research results. The goal of the Fair was to stimulate discussion and sharing of ideas, and promote collaboration among the faculty and students. The Fair turned out to be a big success - three separate labs gave oral symposia and eighteen research posters were presented by students.

Dr. David Williams named the College of Science Outstanding Recent Alumnus for 2009-2010


Dr. David Williams, Assistant Professor of Community Health at Brown University, has been named the College of Science Outstanding Recent Alumnus for 2009-2010

Kristin Canavera received a College of Science 2010 Roundtable “Make-a-Difference” Scholarship


Kristin Canavera, a graduate student in Clinical Psychology working with Dr. Tom Ollendick, received a College of Science 2010 Roundtable “Make-a-Difference” Scholarship.

Jordan Booker awarded an Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD) fellowship


Jordan Booker, a graduate student in Developmental and Biological Psychology working with Dr. Julie Dunsmore, has been awarded an Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD) fellowship for 2010-11.

Bomi Oladosu admitted to the graduate school at the University of North Carolina


Bomi Oladosu, a Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP) scholar working with Dr. Dave Harrison, has been admitted to the graduate school at the University of North Carolina to study in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program. 

Dr. Rolanda Findlay Featured in VT Daily News


BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 26, 2010 – When Rolanda Findlay learned she would be attending flight school as part of her commission in the U.S. Navy, she was more than taken aback, she says.

“I was thinking ‘who learns how to fly … who gets to do that?’” Findlay said. As a, psychologist, she was not expecting that learning the basics of piloting would be part of her on-the-job training. “It was an amazing experience … once in a lifetime.”

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