Dr. Scott Vrana
806 W Franklin, rm 303
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.
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.
- Full publication list [PDF]
- Individual Tests of Intelligence, graduate level
- Anxiety Disorders practicum, graduate level
- Assessment Clinic practicum, graduate level
- Outstanding Service Award, VCU Psychology Department, 2011