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Congratulations to Affiliate Susan White for her recent R03 Award!

Dr. Susan White and Dr. Lynn Abbott received an R03 award from Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for the project Developing an Automated Emotion Training System. 

Her award is featured here.


VTCAR Affiliate Daniel Schneck Publishes 27th book!

Congratulations to our affiliate Daniel Schneck whose 27th book - Basic Anatomy and Physiology for the Music Therapist - will be released on June 21, 2015!


2015 Student Award and 2014-2015 Faculty SEED Award

Jamelle Simmons won the 2015 VTCAR Student Award to fund research on “Computational Modeling of Targeted Drug Delivery across the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) for the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).” We are also excited to name Jammelle as our 2015 Student Fellow of the Year.

Rebecca Elias won the 2015 VTCAR Student Award to fund research on “Unstuck and On Target: Determining Mechanisms in A Group Administered Intervention.”

Emma Condy won the 2015 VTCAR Student Award to fund research on “Heartbeat Interoception in Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Deanna Swain won the 2015 VTCAR Student Award to fund research on “Fostering Development in Children with ASD: A Parent Group-Training Approach.”

Miranda Sigmon won the 2015 VTCAR Student Award to fund research on “Understanding How Narrative Teaches Young Readers about Autism.”

Dr. Hongxiao Zhu won the 2014-2015 VTCAR SEED Award for Research Development to fund research on "Imaging Genomic Modeling in Autism Spectrum Disorder Study."


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.


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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