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Angela Scarpa, Ph.D.                                 Director and Professor of Psychology          540-231-2615            Read Bio here

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Jennifer Pollard Scott, MPH                  Research Faculty, Outreach and Grants Coordinator                                 540-231-2437                  Read Bio here

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Psychosocial Adjustment, NeuroDevelopment, and Autism (PANDA) Lab

The PANDA Lab was established several years ago by Dr. Angela Scarpa. This lab focuses on factors related to socioemotional development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  More specifically, the graduate student team has ongoing projects evaluating the efficacy of parent-mediated interventions for children with ASD, including social skills treatment for preschoolers and mindfulness-enhanced PRT, with other projects related to parent-child stress and coping, physiological arousal dysregulation, and Dr. Scarpa's Stress and Anger Management Program (STAMP).  The lab aims to take an inclusive approach, working with parents and siblings, as well as the child with ASD.


Graduate Student Clinicians from the Psychology Department's Clinical Science Program

Jennifer Bertollo

Liz DeLucia

Megan Fok

Katelyn Garcia

Courtney Swanson

  • Ron Fricker - Interim Dean of the College of Science
  • Dennis Dean - Director of the Fralin Life Science Institute
  • Mike Friedlander - Executive Director of the VTC Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
  • Karen Roberto - 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