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Researchers mark National Autism Awareness Month

Taking place each April, National Autism Awareness Month promotes autism awareness, with an over-arching goal of ensuring that all those affected by autism live the highest quality of life possible

Martha Ann Bell, a newly appointed University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, poses wearing a COVID mask in front of Williams Hall. Photo by Melissa Vergara.

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.

Dept. Highlights


The CAP lab is  conducting a new study focused on attention and memory during infancy. During a one-time visit to our research lab, we will be playing some looking and reaching games with 9- and 12-month-old infants. In addition to these games, we are interested in studying physiological components of attention and memory behavior.  This involves the infant wearing a sensor cap to collect brain-wave activity (EEG) and sticky patches on the chest to collect heart rate activity (ECG). (CAP Lab, more studies)


We view Diversity and Inclusion as central to our mission as a Department of Psychology. Because Psychology is a science of human behavior, it is critical for our faculty and graduate students to understand and embrace diversity of human experiences. 


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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