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


          Jen Scott 

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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 autistic individuals across the lifespan. More specifically, we 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). We are very interested in improving access to evidence-based practices for underserved populations through research on innovative delivery models, such as our Mobile Autism Clinic and telehealth.

PANDA Lab Graduate Student Clinicians



  • Kevin Pitts - Dean, College of Science
  • Jamie Edgin - Chair, Psychology Department; Director, Memory Development and Policy Lab
  • Rob McCarley - Executive Director, Fralin Life Science Institute
  • Bill Hopkins - Associate Executive Director, Fralin Life Science Institute
  • Michael Friedlander - Founding Executive Director, VTC Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
  • Karen Roberto - Executive Director, Institute for Society Culture and Environment