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Research and Clinical Interests
My research interests involve the study of emotion from a psychophysiological perspective. Current specific interests include psychophysiological studies of emotional and attentional processes during emotional imagery, the psychophysiology of social interaction, psychophysiological response in PTSD, and the effect of ethnic/cultural differences and social context on the expression of emotion and on social interaction. My clinical interests include intellectual assessment and the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders.
Quinn, C. A., Rollock, D., & Vrana, S. R. (in press). A test of Speilberger’s state-trait theory of anger with adolescents: Five hypotheses. Emotion.
Vrana, S. R., Calhoun, P. S., McClernon, F. J., Dennis, M. F., Lee, S. T., & Beckham, J. C. (in press). Effects of smoking on the acoustic startle response and prepulse inhibition in smokers with and without posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychopharmacology.
Margolies, S. O., Rybarczyk, B., Vrana, S. R., Leszezyszyn, D. J., & Lynch, J. (in press). Efficacy of a cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia and nightmares in Afghanistan and Iraq veterans with PTSD. Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Vrana, S. R., Campbell, T., & Clay, W. R. (2013). Survey of National Consortium of Torture Treatment program therapists about the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the psychological sequelae of torture. Traumatology, 19, 144-153.
Panayiotou, G., van Oyen Witvliet, C., Robinson, J. D., & Vrana, S. R. (2011). A startling absence of emotion effects: Active attention to the startle probe as a motor task cue appears to eliminate modulation of the startle reflex by valence and arousal. Biological Psychology, 87, 226-233.
- Full publication list [PDF]
- Individual Tests of Intelligence, graduate level
- Honors Seminar, undergraduate level
- Anxiety Disorders practicum, graduate level
- Assessment Clinic practicum, graduate level
Enhancing the mental and physical health benefits of trauma disclosure through response training, National Institute of Mental Health, 1 F31 MH 076675-01 (sponsor), May 2006 - April 2010, $49,424/year, $197,696 total.
- Outstanding Service Award, VCU Psychology Department, 2011