Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Psychology
College of Science
Williams Hall has offices and classrooms. Named for John Edward Williams (1867-1943) who was a professor from 1903 to 1943 and Dean of the College from 1924 to 1943.
109 Williams Hall, Mail Code:0436 Blacksburg VA 24061
Williams Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Psychology
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Psychology
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-6581
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Dec 01
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Department Chair : Roseanne Foti
Graduate Program Director : Danny Axsom
Professors: Martha Ann Bell; Warren Bickel (VT-Carilion Research Institute); George Clum; E Geller; Russell Jones; Jungmeen Kim-Spoon; Thomas Ollendick; Angela Scarpa-Friedman; Robert Stephens; Richard Winett
Associate Professors: Danny Axsom; Pearl Chiu (VT-Carilion Research Institute); Lee Cooper; Rachel Diana; Julie Dunsmore; Roseanne Foti; David Harrison; Neil Hauenstein; Brooks King-Casas (VT-Carilion Research Institute); Robin Panneton; John Richey; Bruce Scarpa-Friedman
Assistant Professors: Charles Calderwood; Jorge Hernandez; Tae-Ho Lee
Research Faculty: Sharon Ramey (VT-Carilion Research Institute); Craig Ramey (VT-Carilion Research Institute)
Alumni Distinguished Professor: E Geller
University Distinguished Professor: Thomas Ollendick
Heilig Meyers Professor: Richard Winett
Senior Instructors: Kurt Hoffman
Research Assistant Professors: Vanessa Diaz

Psychology Introduction

The Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech offers a graduate program leading to the Ph.D. in four concentration areas: Biological Psychology, Clinical Science, Developmental Science, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Students earn a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in psychology en route to the Ph.D., but the department does not offer a terminal M.S. degree in any area. Applications from students with either bachelors or advanced degrees are welcomed. Although the graduate curriculum is organized into four specialty areas, all share the same philosophy: to assure that all graduate students are provided with the conceptual, quantitative, and methodological skills necessary to solve theoretical and applied problems.

Application deadlines:
  • December 1 for the Biological Psychology, Clinical Science, and Developmental Science concentration areas
  • January 1 for the Industrial/Organizational Psychology concentration area
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal :
      • Quantitative :
      • Analytical :
M.S.: University minimums for research/thesis and non-thesis credit hours, plus additional specified courses and completion of a Thesis. We do not offer a terminal MS in any area, although students may earn an MS en route to the Ph.D.  Details may be found in the student handbook at our website (http://www.psyc.vt.edu/graduate).
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal :
      • Quantitative :
      • Analytical :
Ph.D.: University minimums for research/dissertation and non-dissertation credit hours plus additional specified courses and completion of a Preliminary Examination and Dissertation. Details may be found in the student handbook at our website (http://www.psyc.vt.edu/graduate).

Psychology Facilities Introduction

Williams Hall is the on-campus home of the Department of Psychology, housing faculty and student offices, research labs, and classrooms. In addition, the department's off-campus Psychological Services Center and Child Study Center provide the foundation for practicum and research training and offer direct clinical services to children, adults, and families.

Additional department resources include three state-of-the-art laboratories dedicated to undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. The psychophysiological laboratory includes computer workstations, EEG/Evoked Potential workstations (including Neuroscan, Coulbourn, and BioPAC equipment), visual acuity and tracking equipment, as well as extensive perception equipment. The psychophysiology laboratory also houses the department's STISIM Drive fully-interactive driving simulator.

The department also maintains a computer lab with 20 Dell Optiplex workstations for technology-assisted teaching and research with neurophysiological and cognitive experimental software, statistical analysis software, and data management programs.  There is also a dedicated-research computer laboratory including 12 Dell Optiplex workstations with capabilities for running a variety of customized research software.

Several faculty are affiliated with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (http://info.vtc.vt.edu/phd/), which offers world-class facilities for behavioral research, the world's premier human functional magnetic resonance imaging facility, and large-scale computational clusters for modeling, simulations, and analyses of large-scale molecular, genomic, biophysical, behavioral, imaging, and population-based data.

The Institute also serves as the hub for a worldwide hyperscanning network for interactive, real-time functional brain imaging. Connecting the Institute's three research-dedicated magnetic resonance imaging scanners to multiple sites across the United States and throughout Europe and Asia, this network provides the world's first very-high-throughput functional brain imaging approach to the study of social cognition.

This work is enabling new insights not only into how the brains of healthy children and adults make decisions, but also how traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a range of neuropsychiatric disorders affect critical decision-making processes.

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