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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


Background

  • 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

Interests

  • 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; cognitive development theory/research & social development theory/research)

Publications

  • Atzaba-Poria, N., Deater-Deckard, K., & Bell, M.A. (in press). Mother-child interaction: Links between mother and child frontal EEG asymmetry and negative behavior. Child Development.
  • Bell, M.A., Ross, A.P., & Goodman, G. (in press). Assessing infant cognitive development after prenatal iodine supplementation. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
  • Bernier, A., Calkins, S.D., & Bell, M.A. (in press). Longitudinal associations between the quality of maternal parenting behavior and brain development across infancy. Child Development.
  • Wang, Z., Deater-Deckard, K., & Bell, M.A. (in press). The role of negative affect and physiological regulation in maternal attribution. Parenting: Science and Practice.
  • Deater-Deckard, K., Li, M., & Bell, M.A. (early on-line publication). Multi-faceted emotion regulation, stress, and affect in mothers of young children. Cognition and Emotion.
  • Howarth, G.Z., Fettig, N.B., Curby, T.W., & Bell, M.A. (early on-line publication). Frontal EEG asymmetry and temperament across infancy and early childhood: An exploration of stability and bidirectional relations. Child Development.
  • Marcovitch, S., Clearfield, M.W., Swingler, M.M., Calkins, S.D., & Bell, M.A. (early on-line publication). Attentional predictors of 5-month-olds' performance on a looking A-not-B task. Infant and Child Development.
  • Perry, N.B., Calkins, S.D., & Bell, M.A. (early on-line publication). Indirect effects of maternal sensitivity on infant emotion regulation behaviors: The role of vagal withdrawal. Infancy.
  • Cuevas, K., Calkins, S.D., & Bell, M.A. (2016). To Stroop or not to Stroop: Sex-related differences in brain-behavior associations in early childhood. Psychophysiology, 53, 30-40.
  • Perry, N.B., Swingler, M.M., Calkins, S.D., & Bell, M.A. (2016). Neurophysiological correlates of attention behavior in early infancy: Implications for emotion regulation during early childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 142, 245-261.
  • Smith, C.L., Diaz, A., Day, K.L., & Bell, M.A. (2016). Infant frontal EEG asymmetry and negative emotional reactivity as predictors of toddlerhood effortful control. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 142, 262-273.

    Martha Ann Bell


Office Hours

Spring 2016
M 3:00-4:00
Tu 10:00-11:00
Th 10:00-11:00
Th 12:30-1:00
F 9:00-10:00