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Annual VTCAR Autism Conference- OCTOBER 3, 2014
Conference is FULL

Keynote Speaker- Dr. Christopher Monk, University of Michigan

Dr. Monk did his graduate work at the Institute of Child Development within the University of Minnesota where he received a PhD in Child Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. From there, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program. In that position, he learned to use functional MRI to understand brain development in normally developing children and adolescents, as well as those with various forms of psychopathology. He joined the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology faculty in the fall of 2005 as an assistant professor. He is now a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, as well as an Associate Research Professor at the Center for Human Growth and Development and a member of the Neuroscience Program. The focus of Chris's research is on functional brain development in health and psychopathology, including autism. 

For more information, see our VTCAR Conf Flyer (PDF | 117KB) .

VTCAR Scientific Speaker Series

VTCAR is organizing a scientific speaker series that invites current and interested affiliates to present current research that may be applicable to ASD. We are asking current and interested affiliates to contact Dr. Angela Scarpa (  if you are interested.

We will be holding the Speaker Series once a month during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Study of Facial Emotion Expression in Adolescents

We are enrolling teenagers (12 to 17 year olds) to participate in a research study on facial emotion expression. Involvement in the study will require completion of computerized task asking participants to label and express emotions as well as filling out of few questionnaires. The study will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete, and every participant will receive $20 for their participation.

Currently, we are recruiting adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as typically developing adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.

If you are the parent of a teenager between the ages of 12 and 17 and you consent to have your child participate, please contact Andrea Trubanova at or 540-231-2024 to obtain more information and to sign-up for the study.


The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) now providing professional training at businesses and organization

Does your business or group want to learn more about autism/ASD?

As part of VTAC's research mission, VTAC is able to provide lectures or training on ASD topics from early childhood to adulthood, such as early identification, evidence-based assessment and treatments, and transitions, etc.  If you are interested in hosting such a training at your workplace/group or would like more information, please email the VTAC coordinator at or call VTAC at 540-231-2053.

Contact Information

Address: 460 Turner Street, Clinical Science Suite (Suite 203), Blacksburg VA
Phone: 540-231-8747

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