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Martha Ann Bell

Martha Ann Bell

Faculty, Department of Psychology
Faculty, Developmental Science
Faculty, Biological Psychology
Faculty/Consultant, Child Study Center
Director, CAP Lab


  • since 2010 --- Professor of Psychology, Virginia Tech
  • 2001-2010 --- Associate Professor of Psychology, Virginia Tech
  • 1996-2001 --- Assistant Professor of Psychology, Virginia Tech
  • 1993-96 --- Visiting Assistant Prof of Psychology, Univ of South Carolina
  • 1993 --- Research Associate, Child Dev Research Lab, Univ of Maryland
  • 1992 --- Ph.D., Human Development, Univ of Maryland
  • 1983 --- M.S., Child and Family Studies, Univ of Tennessee
  • 1978 --- B.S., Home Economics, Carson-Newman College


  • Developmental changes in brain-behavior relations during infancy and early childhood; developmental cognitive neuroscience and developmental psychophysiology (executive function, emotion regulation, EEG, ECG); individual differences in development; integration of cognition and emotion in early development.

Courses Taught

  • 6944 - Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology (different topic each time; spring 2014 - "Early Development of Self Regulation")
  • 5544 - Cognitive Development ("Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience")
  • 4034- Advanced Developmental Psychology (infant & child)


  • Patriquin, M., Lorenzi, J., Scarpa, A., Calkins, S., & Bell, M.A. (2015). Broad implications for respiratory sinus arrhythmia development: Associations with childhood symptoms of psychopathology in a community sample. Developmental Psychobiology, 57, 120-130.
  • Rajan, V., & Bell, M.A. (2015). Developmental changes in fact and source recall: Contributions from executive function and brain electrical activity. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 12, 1-11.
  • Atzaba-Poria, N., Deater-Deckard, K., & Bell, M.A. (2014). It takes more than one for parenting:How do maternal temperament and child's conduct problems relate to maternal parenting behavior? Personality and Individual Differences, 69, 81-86.
  • Bell, M.A., Kraybill, J. H., & Diaz, A. (2014). Reactivity, regulation, and remembering: Associations between temperament and memory. In P.J. Bauer & R. Fivush (Eds.), Handbook on the development of children’s memory (pp. 671-687). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Chen, N., Bell, M.A., & Deater-Deckard, K. (early on-line publication, 2014). Maternal frontal EEG asymmetry and chronic stressors moderate the link between child behavior problems and maternal negativity. Social Development.
  • Chen, N., Deater-Deckard, K., & Bell, M.A. (2014). The role of temperament by family environment interactions in child maladjustment. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42, 1251-1262.
  • Corbetta, D., Friedman, D.R., & Bell, M.A. (2014). Brain reorganization as a function of walking experience in 12-month-old infants: Implications for the development of manual laterality. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, article 245.
  • Cuevas, K., & Bell, M.A. (2014). Infant attention and early childhood executive function. Child Development, 85, 397-404.
  • Cuevas, K., Deater-Deckard, K., Wang, Z., Kim-Spoon, J., Morasch, K.C., & Bell, M.A. (2014). A longitudinal intergenerational analysis of executive functions during early childhood. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 32, 50-64.
  • Cuevas, K., Deater-Deckard, K., Watson, A.J., Kim-Spoon, J., Morasch, K.C., & Bell, M.A. (2014). What’s mom got to do with it? Contributions of maternal executive function and caregiving to the development of executive function across early childhood. Developmental Science, 17, 224-238.
  • Gartstein, M.A., Bell, M.A., & Calkins, S.D. (2014). EEG asymmetry at 10 months of age: Are temperament trait predictors different for boys and girls? Developmental Psychobiology,56, 1327-1340.
  • Lusby, C.M., Goodman, S.H., Bell, M.A., & Newport, D.J. (2014). Electroencephalogram patterns in infants of depressed mothers. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 459-473.
  • Patriquin, M.A., Lorenzi, J., Scarpa, A., & Bell, M.A. (2014). Developmental trajectories of respiratory sinus arrhythmia: Associations with social responsiveness. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 317-326.
  • Rajan, V., Cuevas, K., & Bell, M.A. (2014). The contributions of executive function to source memory development in early childhood. Journal of Cognition and Development, 15,304-324.
  • Swingler, M.M., Perry, N.B., Calkins, S.D., & Bell, M.A. (2014). Maternal sensitivity and infant response to frustration: The moderating role of EEG asymmetry. Infant Behavior & Development, 37, 523-535.
  • White, S. W., Richey, J. A., Gracanin, D., Bell, M. A., LaConte, S., Coffman, M., Trubanova, A., & Kim, I. (early on-line publication, 2014). The promise of neurotechnology in clinical translational science. Clinical Psychological Science.
  • Wolfe, C.D., & Bell, M.A. (2014). Brain electrical activity of shy and non-shy preschool-aged children during executive function tasks. Infant and Child Development, 23, 259-272.
  • Wolfe, C.D., Zhang, J., Kim-Spoon, J., & Bell, M.A. (2014). Longitudinal perspectives on the association between information processing and temperamental shyness.International Journal of Behavioral Development, 38, 266-276.

    Martha Ann Bell

Office Hours

Spring 2015
Mon 10:00-11:00
Tues 2:00-3:00
Thurs 10:00-11:00
Fri 2:00-3:00
and by appointment