Call for Applications: Círculo de Puerto Rico, Inc. (CPRI) Norma Holmes Education Award

The Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech is pleased to announce the 2023 call for applications for the
Norma M. Holmes Education Award, sponsored by Círculo de Puerto Rico, Inc. (CPRI), in support of Virginia Tech
graduate students who are pursuing their doctoral degree in Psychology. Read more now! 

Jasmine Lewis Selected as 2023 Diversity Scholar

Congratulations to third year biological psychology student Jasmine Lewis who was selected as a 2023 Diversity Scholar and who will take part in the 2023 Advocacy Certificate for Human Genetics and Genomics Trainees (ACGT) program! Way to go, Jasmine! To find out more information about Jasmine and her work, visit the CALMER Lab site 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) Graduate Fellowship. When asked about receiving the award, Shroff said, "I feel truly honored to receive this award and I am so excited to begin my proposed project through the CPS fellowship! This fellowship will support my immediate research goals of adapting early intervention programs for use with

Using Artificial Intelligence to Gain Insights into Personality

Dr. Ivan Hernandez wanted to find a way to make the creation of personality scales easier and more accessible for organizations using personality scales during the interview and hiring processes. Hernandez, along with research consultant Weiwen Nie of Hogan Assessment Systems, Inc., has developed a framework for using a variety of natural language processing models to help researchers with creating valid psychological

Heather Davis, PhD, and Other Faculty Complete First Cohort of ISCE PREP Program

Seven faculty members from across the university were selected to participate in the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment's (ISCE) Preparing your Research for an Extramural Proposal (PREP) program in the fall. One of those faculty members is Psychology's Heather Davis, PhD. Read more about the work that has been completed in the first cohort and how it has already benefited the faculty members involved. 

Students travel to Canada to Present Work at the Society for Psychophysiological Research

Sonia Warrior and Arthur Louie Deapera, along with PhD candidate Alex Faunce, recently travelled to Vancouver, Canada, to present their work as first authors at the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Sonia's project examined the effects of a stimulant on neural entrainment, Arthur's project studied neural entrainment metrics, sensory and attentional performance and Alex's project related to rhythm, brainwaves and

The Mobile Autism Clinic and VTCAR at the UVA STAR Autism Hope Summit

Angela Scarpa, Ph.D., and graduate student clinician Jennifer Bertollo travelled to Charlottesville, VA in early December to present and exhibit at the UVA STAR Autism Hope Summit. Angela's presentation reviewed emotion regulation difficulties that may be experienced by young autistic children, and tools that may be helpful to address them. Jen offered tours of our Mobile Autism Clinic and shared information about our

Graduate Students Visit to Pennington Gap to present at The Autism Conference

Megan Fok and Victoria Izaac, VTCAR PANDA Lab graduate student clinicians, drove to Pennington Gap, VA where Megan presented during a conference hosting Temple Grandin. Megan spoke about Supporting Autistic Individuals in the Transition to Adulthood. Thank you to the Lee County Virginia Extension Office for organizing this important Autism Conference at the Lee Theatre!

SAFE (Supporting Autism Friendly Environments) Champion for 2022

Congratulations to Tori Thurston, Assistant Director of Marketing and Fan Experience, and the VT Women's Basketball Team who received the SAFE Community Champion Award. The SAFE basketball games of 2021 and 2022, inspired by #33 Elizabeth Kitley's autistic sister Raven, would not have happened if it weren't for Tori initiating the collaboration in 2021. She worked so hard to create an autism-friendly and inclusive

Autism-Friendly Basketball Game A Success

The SAFE Program, the VT Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research (VTAC/CAR), and the VT Women's Basketball team collaborated together on our second Autism friendly basketball event!  This game, inspired by #33 Elizabeth Kitley's autistic sister Raven, offered special sensory cues, lowered music volume, and a SAFE space for individuals/families to visit if they needed a more quiet environment.  With over 80 people who