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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 2014 --- Professor of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • since 2012 --- Professor of Basic Sciences, VT Carilion School of Medicine
  • 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)


  • 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., Deater-Deckard, K., & Bell, M.A. (2014, early on-line publication). The role of temperament by family environment interactions in child maladjustment. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
  • 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, early on-line publication). EEG asymmetry at 10 months of age: Are temperament trait predictors different for boys and girls? Developmental Psychobiology.
  • 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.
  • Wolfe, C.D., & Bell, M.A. (2014, early on-line publication). Brain electrical activity of shy and non-shy preschool-aged children during executive function tasks. Infant and Child Development.
  • 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.
  • Kraybill, J.H., & Bell, M.A. (2013). Infancy predictors of preschool and post-kindergarten executive function. Developmental Psychobiology, 55, 530-538.
  • Morasch, K.C., Raj, V.R., & Bell, M.A. (2013). The development of cognitive control from infancy through childhood. In D. Reisberg (Ed.), Oxford handbook of cognitive psychology (pp. 989-999). New York: Oxford.
  • Rajan, V., Cuevas, K., & Bell, M.A. (2013, early on-line publication). The contributions of executive function to source memory development in early childhood. Journal of Cognition and Development.
  • Salley, B., Miller, A., & Bell, M.A. (2013). Associations between temperament and social responsiveness in young children. Infant and Child Development, 22, 270-288.
  • Wang, Z., Deater-Deckard, K., & Bell, M.A. (2013). Household chaos moderates the link between maternal attribution bias and parenting. Parenting: Science and Practice, 13,233-252.
  • Watson, A.J., & Bell, M.A. (2013). Individual differences in inhibitory control skills at three years of age. Developmental Neuropsychology, 38, 1-21.

    Martha Ann Bell

Office Hours

Spring 2014
Mon 10:00-11:00
Tues 12:30-2:00
Thurs 9:00-10:00
Fri 2:00-3:00
and by appointment