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Industrial and Organizational Psychology Alumni Ty Breland part of Wells Fargo Distinguished Speakers Series

As executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Marriott International Inc., Ty Breland values diversity, inclusion, and well-being while creating an inventive hospitality workforce of the future.

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

First-Year Graduate Student Gabby Patarinski Receives Scholarship from the Academy for Eating Disorders

Gabby Patarinski, first-year clinical science graduate student and research assistant for the SEED Lab, was recently selected to receive the highly competitive Student Travel Scholarship from the Academy for Eating Disorders. 

Jasmine Lewis Accepted as a COVES Fellow 

Congratulations to third-year biological psychology student Jasmine Lewis who has been accepted as a Commonwealth of Virginia Engineering and Sciences (COVES) Policy Fellow. Learn more about the COVES Fellowship program now.

Drs. Rosanna Breaux and Angela Scarpa-Friedman Receive 4-VA Pre-tenure Faculty Research Grant 

Dr. Rosanna Breaux, director of the Child Study Center and CALMER Lab, and Dr. Angela Scarpa-Friedman, director of the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research, received a 4-VA pre-tenure faculty research grant. This grant will support a pilot study examining the utility of a parenting program delivered via a mobile app, Treks, over 4 weeks to reduce behavior problems and improve parent competence among families of children with behavior problems on waitlists for clinics in the state of Virginia.

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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