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Psychology is a rich discipline that lies at the crossroads of biology and society. A hub science, it bridges such disparate fields as biology, education, health, business, sociology, marketing, engineering, and neuroscience. Psychological science is integral to understanding the fundamental building blocks of human behavior and necessary for addressing current societal issues. As part of the College of Science at a land grant university, our department’s broader mission is to conduct research that transforms lives and inspires others on our campus, in Southwest Virginia, and across the world.

Faculty Spotlight

The Department of Psychology welcomes its newest faculty members to Virginia Tech! Each month starting in October, we will be highlighting a new faculty member.  

Department Highlights

Department of Psychology Graduate Recruiting Week: January 30 - February 3, 2023 

Find out more about graduate recruiting week now! 

Delshad Shroff Receives Inaugural Ross Greene Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) Graduate Fellowship 

Graduate student Delshad Shroff has received the inaugural Ross Greene Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) Fellowship. 

Dr. Rosanna Breaux Recognized with Two Honorable Mentions 

Dr. Rosanna Breaux, assistant professor and director of both the CALMER Lab and Child Study Center, was recognized with honorable mentions for two awards, the first for the Kathy Sylva ‘Rising Star’ Award from the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, in which she came in second place.

Faculty Awarded an ICAT Rapid Response Grant

Dr. Vanessa Diaz and Dr. Carrie Kroehler were awarded an ICAT Rapid Response Grant to support 10 graduate students in developing video presentations and activity guides of their science, to be shared initially with kindergarten-aged children in Giles County. The program came to be known as “Girls Launch! Kindergarten Science Outreach Continuation and Expansion.” Eventually, through a number of partnerships, the videos and activities were made available on the Center for Communicating Science YouTube channel, translated into Spanish and tagged with Virginia Standards of Learning codes, so teachers more easily incorporate them into lesson plans. Some of these lesson plans and videos have now been made available on “Go Open Virginia”, a statewide curriculum and educational resources repository. Learn more about Girls Launch! now.

Angela Scarpa-Friedman and Elizabeth DeLucia Awarded 2022 Research/Creative Activities Grant

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) has awarded Dr. Angela Scarpa-Friedman, professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology and director of the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research, and Elizabeth DeLucia, VTAC/CAR graduate student clinician, a 2022 Research/Creative Activities Grant to support the clinic's work leveraging community partnerships to improve access to therapy for autistic children. 

Mobile Autism Clinic

The mobile autism clinic is housed in a 29-foot RV that is expanding more ASD services into several rural counties in southwest Virginia. The MAC Team has installed AV equipment and renovated space to conduct parent/family mediated interventions for ASD.


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