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VTCAR  Seed Award for Research Development

Proposals are welcome from VTCAR faculty affiliates in all departments, centers, and programs at Virginia Tech and must address one of VTCAR's core research areas of biomedical and imaging, education, and clinical translational research related to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please see these guidelines for more information as well as this cover sheet.


Dr. Susan White College "STEPS" Program 

Aims to improve college experience for students with ASD.

Big congratulations to Dr. Susan White and her team for a much-need research project and new service! The VT Daily News ran the following story on this new project:


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.

For more information, see our Fall 2014 Speaker Series (PDF | 192KB)


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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