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Safyque xRichardson Winner of the 2022 John D. Wilson Prize

xRichardson, a double major in creative writing and psychology, focused her essay on the ideas of Blackness, suffering, and identity.

Safyque xRichardson. Photo by Christina Franusich for Virginia Tech.

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.

Department Highlights

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. 

Virginia Tech Faculty Awarded Funding from NSF for Four-Year Project

Virginia Tech faculty members from the Psychology Department, Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, and Civil and Environmental Engineering Department were recent recipients of funding from the NSF for their  proposal, Leadership Emergence for Synchronous Human-Autonomy Teaming. 

Psychology Faculty Among Recipients of the 2022-2023 ISCE Scholars Program  

The Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment (ISCE) has named psychology faculty members Dr. Meagan Brem and Dr. Martha Ann Bell, among others, as recipients of the 2022-2023 ISCE Scholars Program. 

Virginia Tech Faculty Receive Funding from NIH R03

Dr. Angela Scarpa-Friedman, Psychology faculty member and Director of the  Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research, along with faculty members from across campus, recently received funding from NIH R03 for their new research project.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Industrial-Organizational Psychology graduate student Kelsi Cornett is currently working on two Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion projects. The first project investigates weight-based discrimination by using a large data set collected from LinkedIn and a pre-trained CNN model to investigate the relationship among BMI, race, and gender and upward mobility. The second project uses natural language processing (NLP) to detect subtle offensive statements or microaggressions using a transformer (RoBERTa) model that utilizes word importance to classify the offense and predict to whom and why the statement is offensive.

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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