Scott Vrana, Ph.D.

Dr. Scott Vrana

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

Professor (tenured)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
Fellow, International Organization of Psychophysiology

Ph.D. (1988), University of Florida

Dr. Vrana is accepting applications from prospective graduate students for the 2018-19 school year.

Doctoral Program Affiliations

Primary: Clinical Psychology
Secondary: Social Psychology

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.

Select Publications

Clark, S. W., Gulin, S. L., Heller, M. B., & Vrana, S. R. (in press). Graduate training implications of the Q-interactive platform for administering Wechsler intelligence tests. Training and Education in Professional Psychology.
Vrana, S. R., & Vrana, D. T. (in press). Can a computer administer a Wechsler intelligence test? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.
Roberson-Nay, R., Gorlin, E. I., Beadel, J. R., Cash, T., Vrana, S. R., & Teachman, B. A. (2017). Temporal stability of multiple response systems to 7.5% carbon dioxide challenge. Biological Psychology, 124, 111-118.
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.

Recent Courses

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