VCU Psychology Department

Does forgiving others affect your meaning in life?

Relationships are a vital source of meaning in life. But conflicts are inevitable in every relationship. Might forgiving an offense by your partner increase or restore how meaningful you feel your life is? read more...


How can we track the psychosocial functioning of patients?

Understanding a patient’s psychological profile over time can aid in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment planning. What method can we use to track the psychosocial functioning of patients? read more...


How important are routines for our well-being?

William Blake suggested that we "Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night." How critical is the timing and regularly of our daily activities for our well-being? read more...


Dr. Scott Vrana

Professor (tenured)

Clinical Psychology (primary), Social Psychology (secondary)


PhD (1988), University of Florida

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia

Fellow, International Organization of Psychophysiology

Contact Information

Phone: 804-828-1242

Office: 806 W Franklin, rm 303


Research and Clinical Interests

My research interests involve the study of emotion from an information processing and a psychophysiological perspective. Current specific interests include psychophysiological 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 the expression of emotion and on social interaction. A new research interest is 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. (in press). Alexithymia predicts arousal-based processing deficits and discordance between emotion response systems during emotional imagery. Emotion.

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