Dr. Scott Vrana

Dr. Scott Vrana

Clinical Psychology
806 W Franklin, rm 303
(804) 828-1242

Professor (tenured)
Clinical Psychology (primary), Social Psychology (secondary)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
PhD (1988), University of Florida

Fellow, International Organization of Psychophysiology

Research and Clinical Interests

My research interests involve the study of emotion from an information processing and a psychophysiological perspective. Current specific interests include studies of emotional and attentional processes during emotional imagery, the psychophysiology of social interaction, and the effect of ethnic/cultural differences and social context on emotion and on social interaction. New research interests are: 1) latent semantic analysis of text, with applications including expressive writing and doctor-patient communication, and 2) disorders of increased sound tolerance, including misophonia and hyperacusis. My clinical interests include intellectual assessment and the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders.

Selected Publications

Peasley-Miklus, C. E., Panayoitou, G., & Vrana, S. R. (2016). Alexithymia predicts arousal-based processing deficits and discordance between emotion response systems during emotional imagery. Emotion, 16, 164-174.
Vrana, S. R., Calhoun, P. S., Dennis, M. F., Kirby, A. C., & Beckham, J. C.  (2015). Acoustic startle and prepulse inhibition predict smoking lapse in posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 29, 1070-1076.
Konig, A., Eonta, A., Dyal, S. R., & Vrana, S. R.  (2014). Enhancing the benefits of written emotional disclosure through response training. Behavior Therapy, 45, 344-357.
Quinn, C. A., Rollock, D., & Vrana, S. R. (2014). A test of Speilberger’s state-trait theory of anger with adolescents: Five hypotheses. Emotion, 14, 74-84. 
Vrana, S. R., Calhoun, P. S., McClernon, F. J., Dennis, M. F., Lee, S. T., & Beckham, J. C. (2013). Effects of smoking on the acoustic startle response and prepulse inhibition in smokers with and without posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychopharmacology, 230, 477-485.

Recent Courses

  • Individual Tests of Intelligence, graduate level
  • Anxiety Disorders practicum, graduate level
  • Assessment Clinic practicum, graduate level


  • Outstanding Service Award, VCU Psychology Department, 2011