Angela Scarpa

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Faculty, Department of Psychology
Director, Clinical Science
Faculty, Biological Psychology
Supervising Faculty, Psychological Services Center
Faculty/Consultant, Child Study Center
Director, Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research
Office Hours
By appointment only
Office Address
331 Williams Hall
Office Phone
Other Address
VT Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research
3110 Prices Fork Rd.
Blacksburg VA
Other Phone
Curriculum Vitae
Short Bio
Dr. Scarpa received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1993. She is currently a Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech, Founder and Director of the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in individual and group behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapy for children, families, and adults. Before coming to Virginia Tech, she held faculty positions at the University of Georgia and Eastern Washington University and obtained postdoctoral training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Her general interest is in child and adolescent mental health, with over 30 years of experience in the study of developmental psychopathology. Currently, her work is focused on children, adolescents, and young adults on the autism spectrum. She is generally interested in emotional and social development in autism, including the intersection of both biological and socializing influences. She is also interested in evidence-based and neurodiversity-affirming services, improving access to care for underserved populations, and other factors that impact emotions and wellbeing.

Dr. Scarpa will not be accepting new graduate students for fall 2024.
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Neurodiversity
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Physiological Arousal
  • Social Functioning
  • Family Involvement
  • Evidence-based Services
  • Dissemination and Implementation Research
Recent Courses Taught
  • Psychological Disorders of Children
  • Clinical Practicum