Scott Vrana, Ph.D.

Dr. Scott Vrana

Clinical Psychology

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

Ph.D. (1988), University of Florida

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 decreased sound tolerance, including misophonia and hyperacusis. My clinical interests include intellectual assessment and the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders.

Select Publications

Bourdon, J. L., Moore, A. A., Savage, J. E., Hazlett, L., Vrana, S. R., Hettema, J. M., & Roberson-Nay, R. (2018). The heritability of resting heart rate variability (HRV) in adolescents and young adults. Behavior Genetics. DOI: 10.1007/s10519-018-9915-1
Cusack, S., Cash, T., & Vrana, S. R. (2018). An examination of the relationship between misophonia, anxiety sensitivity, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 18, 67-72.
Sheerin, C.M., Konig, A., Eonta, A.M., & Vrana, S.R. (2018). Effect of expressive and neutral writing on respiratory sinus arrhythmia response over time. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 59, 129-133
Vrana, S. R., Vrana, D. T., Penner, L. A., Eggly, S., Slatcher, R. B., Hagiwara, N. (2018). Latent Semantic Analysis: A new measure of patient-physician communication. Social Science & Medicine, 198, 22-26.
Clark, S. W., Gulin, S. L., Heller, M. B., & Vrana, S. R. (2017). Graduate training implications of the Q-interactive platform for administering Wechsler intelligence tests. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 11, 148-155.
Vrana, S. R. & Vrana, D. T. (2017). Can a computer administer a Wechsler intelligence test? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48, 191-198.
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.

Recent Courses

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