What's Going on in the Lab?

We are currently conducting several studies using fMRI to investigate social processing in people with and without social anxiety. If you would like to be a participant, please email us for more information. We will be happy to set up a confidential intake interview for you in our lab, located on the Virginia Tech campus.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Study


We are currently conducting a study on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for adults who experience chronic stress. MBSR is an evidence-based program for reducing stress through mindfulness meditation practice. If you would like to be a participant, please email us for more information. You can also view our detailed online flier here.

Teens With Social Anxiety Study


We are currently conducting a neuroimaging study for teens with social anxiety or autism. Contact Marika Coffman (marika@vt.edu) to participate.

How can I be a part of this research?

If you meet the above criteria and you are interested in participating in our studies as a research subject, please email us and schedule an appointment for an intake interview in our lab.

If you are interested in joining our lab in order to learn more about conducting brain research, please visit this section of our website with information for potential undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

Will my participation be confidential?

All research conducted in our lab is reviewed and approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board (IRB). Virginia Tech is committed to protecting the rights, privacy and safety of human subjects participating in research conducted by faculty, staff and students of the University and for research in which Virginia Tech is engaged. This commitment is vested in the Institutional Review Board for Research Involving Human Subjects (the IRB), and is guided by the ethical principles described in the Belmont Report and in applicable federal regulations.

All information gathered as part of our research is treated as confidential P.H.I. (Protected Health Information), and is treated as strictly confidential as provided by and to the fullest extent of federal law.