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Susan White

Susan White

Faculty, Department of Psychology
Core Faculty, Clinical Science
Supervising Faculty, Psychological Services Center
Assistant Director, Child Study Center
Co-Director, VT Autism Clinic
Faculty, VT Center for Autism Research
Director, Psychosocial Interventions Lab
Director, Child Assesment Clinic

**Note: Dr. White will be moving to the University of Alabama in the Fall of 2018. She will not be taking students at Virginia Tech.**
My general research is in the area of developmental psychopathology. I believe that better understanding of processes, many of which have roots in early development, that cut across diagnostic categories will result in more efficient and effective assessment and treatment strategies. I enjoy trying to solve questions like, 'Why is comorbidity so common among children and adolescents?' and 'Why are relationship difficulties so common across psychiatric disorders?'

We have many active projects in my lab, some of which are described below.

1. Helping adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder transition successfully into postsecondary education. This NIMH-funded study involves developing a novel curriculum and evaluating feasibility and efficacy in a sample of students facing transition and a sample of college students.

2. Developing real-time computerized approaches to help children develop emotional expression skills. This is a NICHD-funded study that we are doing in collaboration with Electrical and Computer Engineering.

3. Identifying neural processes involved in accurate emotion identification to train real-time emotion recognition. In this NIMH-funded study, we are utilizing EEG and fMRI to create a new neurofeedback system for individuals who struggle with quick and accurate detection of emotion in other peoples' faces.

I direct the Psychosocial Interventions Lab and the Child Assessment Clinic. I am also Assistant Director of the Child Study Center and co-Director of the Autism Clinic.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, long distance running, and reading.

Courses Taught

  • Child Psychopathology, graduate
  • Clinical Practicum, graduate
  • Psychological Assessment, graduate
  • History and Systems in Psychology, undergraduate


  • Selected Pubs:
  • Elias, E. & White, S. W. (in press). Autism goes to college: Understanding the needs of a student population on the rise. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Maddox, B. M., Trubanova, A., & White, S. W. (2017). Untended wounds: Non-suicidal self-injury in adults with ASD. Autism, 21(4), 412—422. doi:10.1177/1362361316644731
  • Smith, I., Swain, D., Murphy, H., Ollendick, T., & White, S. W. (2017). The Under- and Over-identification of autism: Factors associated with diagnostic referral. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2017.1342545
  • Wieckowski, A. T. & White, S. W. (2017). Eye-gaze analysis of facial emotion recognition and expression in adolescents with ASD. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 46(1).110-124. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1204924
  • Maddox, B. B., & White, S. W. (2015). Comorbid social anxiety disorder in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advance online publication.
  • White, S. W., Maddox, B. B., & Panneton, R. K. (2015). Fear of negative evaluation influences eye gaze in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: A pilot study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Special Issue on Emotion Regulation and Psychiatric Comorbidity in ASD. Advance online publication.
  • White, S. W., Scarpa, A., Conner, C. M., Maddox, B. B., & Bonete, S. (2014). Evaluating change in social skills in adults with autism spectrum disorder using a laboratory-based observational measure. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.
  • Kreiser, N. L. & White, S. W. (2013). ASD in females: Are we overstating the gender difference in diagnosis? Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 17, 67-83. doi: 10.1007/s10567-013-014809
  • White, S. W., Ollendick, T., Albano, A., Oswald, D., Johnson, C., Southam-Gerow, M. A., Kim, I., & Scahill, L. (2013). Randomized controlled trial: Multimodal anxiety and social skill intervention for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(2), 382-394. doi: 10.1007/s10803-012-1577-x
  • Lerner, M.D., White, S.W., McPartland, J.C. (2012). Mechanisms of change in psychosocial interventions for autism spectrum disorders. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 14(3).
  • Schry, A. R., Roberson-Nay, R., & White, S. W. (2012). Measuring social anxiety in college students: A comprehensive evaluation of the psychometric properties of the SPAI-23. Psychological Assessment.
  • White, S. W., Kreiser, N. L., Pugliese, C. E., & Scarpa, A. (2012). Social anxiety mediates the effect of autism spectrum disorder characteristics on hostility in young adults. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 16.
  • Nevill, R. E. A. & White, S. W. (2011). College students’ openness toward autism spectrum disorders: Improving peer acceptance. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41(1), 1619-1628. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1189-x
  • White, S. W. (2011). Practitioner's Guide to Social Skills Training in Children with Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. New York: Guilford Publications.
  • White, S. W., Ollendick, T. H., & Bray, B. C. (2011). College students on the autism spectrum: Prevalence and associated problems. Autism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1362361310393363
  • White, S. W. (2012). Growing pains: How psychologists can help to meet the clinical needs of clients with autism spectrum disorders. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19(3), 433-436. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2011.08.001
  • White, S. W., Maddox, B. B., & Pugliese, C. (2011). The assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Treatment Strategies – Pediatrics, 2(1), 40-43.
  • White, S. W., Schry, A. R., & Maddox, B. M. (2012). Brief report: The assessment of anxiety in high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1353-3

    Susan White

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