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Angela Scarpa, Ph.D.                                        Director of VTAC/CAR                                  Professor of Psychology      


                                    Jen Scott                                    A/P Faculty


The PANDA Lab: Psychosocial Adjustment, NeuroDevelopment, and Autism 


5 PANDA students and Dr. Scarpa lined up outside in September with a backdrop of trees

The Psychosocial Adjustment, NeuroDevelopment, and Autism (PANDA) Lab was established by Dr. Angela Scarpa and is associated with the VT Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research (VTAC/CAR).  The lab, made up of graduate student clinicians from the Psychology Department's Clinical Science program, focuses on psychosocial and physiological factors related to socioemotional functioning in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan. More specifically, they have ongoing projects evaluating stress and coping in families and individuals touched by ASD, as well as the efficacy of psychosocial interventions, including pivotal response treatment, parent education, and Dr. Scarpa's Stress and Anger Management Program (STAMP). The lab works to  improve access to evidence-based practices for underserved populations through research on innovative delivery models, such as our Mobile Autism Clinic and via telehealth.

PANDA Lab Graduate Student Clinicians



  • Kevin Pitts - Dean of the College of Science
  • X.J. Meng - Interim Executive Director of the Fralin Life Science Institute
  • Michael Friedlander - Founding Executive Director of the VTC Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
  • Karen Roberto - Executive Director of the Institute for Society Culture and Environment
  • Roseanne Foti - Chair of the Psychology department
  • John McDowell - Professor in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences