Diversity & Inclusion

  • Dr. Foti and Her Interface of Leadership and Teams (ILT) Lab


We view Diversity and Inclusion as central to our mission as a Department of Psychology. Because Psychology is a science of human behavior, it is critical for our faculty and graduate students to understand and embrace diversity of human experiences.  As a departmental community, we are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment consistent with Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community. Our department diversity committee coordinates curricular, continuing education, and community-building activities within the department and we encourage participation in university events and programming through InclusiveVT. To foster skill development, experiential learning, and community action to promote diversity and inclusion, we offer a departmental Diversity and Inclusion Discussion Series. Through participation in the discussion series and additional training activities, graduate students, staff, and faculty may earn a departmental Diversity CertificatePlease contact Danny Axsom, chair of the Department Diversity Committee, for further information.

Diversity Defined

Diversity is one of the Core Values of the College of Science:

Diversity is an ethical, pragmatic, and essential component of science. Ethical in the sense that opportunity should be provided to all and such opportunity results in a more dynamic community of faculty, staff and students. Pragmatic as we must welcome all in order to attain a sufficient scientific workforce to tackle today’s many problems. Essential because inclusion of disciplines, ideas, insights, and values is fundamental for strong science.”



Dr. Ellington Graves discusses Black Lives Matter during our most recent Diversity event.


Sample News Article.

Sample News.

Amanda Halliburton Chosen for Bouchet Honor Society

Amanda E. Halliburton, of the Investigation of Science and Practice Integration (I-SPI) Lab, has been accepted into the Edward A. Bouchet Honor Society.

Check out the article about Amanda here: Amanda Halliburton Bouchet Honor Society

To learn more about the I-SPI Lab, check out this page: I-SPI Lab

Shara Grant Received Diversity Travel Award

Shara Grant, of Dr. Friedman’s lab became one of the first recipients of the Society for Psychophysiological Research’s () Diversity Travel Award.

Check out the article about Shara here: Diversity Travel Award

Check out Dr. Friedman’s lab here: Dr. Friedman’s Lab

To learn more about Psychophysiological Research, check out this page: Psychophysiological Research

Manasia Sturdivant selected as 2017-2018 Diversity Scholar

Manasia Sturdivant, a doctoral student in the Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology concentration has been selected as a Graduate School diversity scholar for 2017-2018.

Check out the article on Manasia here: Diversity Scholar


Dr. Jones Receives COS Diversity Award

Dr. Jones received the College of Science Diversity Award at the Fall College of Science reception in 2017.

Check out the article from September 2017: Dr. Jones COS Diversity Award

To learn more about the award and how to nominate a deserving individual for it, please visit the Diversity and Inclusion Service Award page: Diversity and Inclusion Service Award

Psychosocial Interventions Lab

Dr. Susan White’s Psychosocial Interventions lab studied therapeutic treatments for children, adolescents, and adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders lab.

Check out this article from November 2010: Psychosocial Interventions Lab

Virginia Tech Autism Clinic

The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) is currently working on multiple clinical and research projects with the overarching goal of improving quality of life for people with autism spectrum disorders.

Check out this article from November 2010: VT Autism Clinic

Effectiveness of Interdisciplinary Work Teams

Roseanne J. Foti, along with Rob Knee, Jessie Huang, and Nicole Thompson were studying how to improve the effectiveness of interdisciplinary work teams.

Check out this article from November 2010: Interdisciplinary Work Teams



Spring 2017

  • January 27th:  Micro-aggressions and Privilege, led by Neil Hauenstein *CORE*
  • March 14th:  Mentoring to Support Diversity & Inclusion, led by Julie Dunsmore, Amanda Halliburton, and Meg O’Neill
  • April 14th:  Black Lives Matter Part 2, led by Ellington Graves

Fall 2016

  • August 12th:  Principles of Community (part of Orientation), led by Julie Dunsmore *CORE*
  • August 25th:  Say My Name:  Practical Strategies for Learning Student Names to Increase Inclusivity in the Classroom, led by Kurt Hoffman and Meg O’Neill
  • September 21st:  Safe Spaces and Brave Spaces:  Voice in the Classroom, Lab, and Professional Meetings, led by Julie Dunsmore
  • October 6th:  Stereotype Threat & Implicit Bias, led by Danny Axsom *CORE*
  • November 3rd:  Black Lives Matter Part 1, led by Ellington Graves

Spring 2016

  • February 9th:  From Compliance to Inclusivity in the College Classroom, led by Robyn Hudson
  • April 1st:  Teaching, Research, and Service in Appalachia, led by Emily Satterwhite, Theresa Burriss, and Jim Werth
  • April 22nd:  Revisiting the Kernel of Truth Hypothesis, led by Neil Hauenstein
  • April 29th:  Stereotype Threat, led by Danny Axsom *CORE*

Spring 2015

  • February 19th:  Inclusive Pedagogy, led by Michelle Deramo
  • March 27th:  Silence Hurts:  Responding in the Moment, led by Alicia Cohen
  • April 15th:  Participant Recruitment:  Best Practices for Recruiting Diverse Samples, led by  Alicia Cohen

Fall 2015

  • August 17th:  Principles of Community (part of Orientation), led by Julie Dunsmore *CORE*
  • October 2nd:  Introduction to Appalachia for Psychologists, led by Emily Satterwhite
  • October 13th:  Discussing Uncomfortable Topics in the Classroom, led by Russell Jones and Chris Kaestle
  • November 10th:  Recognizing Privilege, led by Neil Hauenstein *CORE*
  • December 10th:  Principles of Community in the Department, led by Michelle Deramo *CORE*