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Angela Scarpa, Ph.D.

Dr. Scarpa received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1993.  She is Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech, Founder and Director of the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic, and Director of the VT Center for Autism Research. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in individual and group behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapy for children, families, and adults. Before coming to Virginia Tech, she held faculty positions at the University of Georgia and Eastern Washington University and obtained postdoctoral training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Her general interest is in child and adolescent mental health, with over 20 years of experience in the study of developmental psychopathology. Currently, her work is focused on children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She is generally interested in emotional and social development in ASD, including the intersection of both biological and socializing influences. She is also interested in evidence-based treatment approaches and early screening for ASD, as well as other factors that impact the emotional lives of people with ASD.

Dr. Scarpa also established the Psychosocial Adjustment, NeuroDevelopment, and Autism (PANDA) Lab. The lab focuses on factors related to socioemotional development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. More specifically, they have 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.