Martha Ann Bell

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Faculty, Department of Psychology
Faculty, Developmental Science
Director, CAP Lab
Office Hours
Spring 2020 --- amended March 16, 2020

All office hours for remainder of spring semester will be by appointment. Please email me and we can set an appointment to meet via phone, Skype, or Zoom.
Office Address
333 Williams Hall
Office Phone
Curriculum Vitae

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.

Recent Courses Taught
  • PSYC 6944 - Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology -"Developmental Affective Neuroscience - Emotion Regulation"
  • PSYC 6944 - Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology - "Early Development of Self Regulation"
  • PSYC 5544 - Cognitive Development ("Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience")
  • PSYC 4034- Child Cognitive and Social Development
Select Publications
  • CHAPTERS (2019, 2020, in press)
  • Bell, M.A. (2020). Mother-child behavioral and physiological synchrony. In J. Benson (Ed.), Advances in child development and behavior, Vol 58 (pp. 163-188). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
  • *Bell, M.A., *Wolfe, C.D., Diaz, A., & Liu, R. (2019). Cognition-emotion interactions. In V. LoBue, K. Perez-Edgar, & K. Buss (Eds.), Handbook of emotional development (pp. 375-403). New York: Springer. [*co-first authorship]
  • Bell, M.A., & Garcia Meza, T. (in press). Executive function. To appear in J.B. Benson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of infant and early childhood development. Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
  • Cuevas, K., & Bell, M.A. (in press). EEG frequency development across infancy and childhood. To appear in P. Gable, M. Miller, & E. Bernat (Eds.), Oxford handbook of human EEG frequency analysis. Oxford University Press.

  • JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS (2019 & 2020)
  • Liu, R., Calkins, S.D., & Bell, M.A. (in press). Frontal EEG asymmetry moderates the associations between negative temperament and behavioral problems during childhood. Development and Psychopathology.
  • Liu, R., & Bell, M.A. (2019_early view). Fearful temperament and the risk for child and adolescent anxiety: The role of attention biases and effortful control. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.
  • Broomell, A.P.R., Smith, C.L., Calkins, S.D., & Bell, M.A. (2020). Context of maternal intrusiveness during infancy and associations with preschool executive function. Infant and Child Development, 29, e2162.
  • Gartstein, M.A., Hancock, G.R., Potapova, N.V., Calkins, S.D., & Bell, M.A. (2020). Modeling development of frontal electroencephalogram (EEG) asymmetry: Sex differences and links with temperament. Developmental Science, 23, e12891.
  • Helm, A.F., McCormick, S.A., Deater-Deckard, K., Smith, C.L., Calkins, S.D., & Bell, M.A. (2020). Parenting and children’s executive function stability across the transition to school. Infant and Child Development, 29, e2171.
  • Blankenship, T. L., Slough, M. A., Calkins, S. D., Deater-Deckard, K., Kim-Spoon, J., & Bell, M.A. (2019). Attention and executive functioning in infancy: Links to childhood executive function and reading achievement. Developmental Science, 22, e12824.
  • Brito, N.H., Fifer, W.P., Amso, D., Barr, R., Bell, M.A., Calkins, S., Flynn, A., Montgomery-Downs, H.E., Oakes, L.M., Richards, J.E., Samuelson, L.M., & Colombo, J. (2019). Beyond the Bayley: Neurocognitive assessments of development during infancy and toddlerhood. Developmental Neuropsychology, 44, 220-247.
  • Broomell, A.P.R., Savla, J., & Bell, M.A. (2019). Infant electroencephalogram coherence and toddler inhibition are associated with social responsiveness at age 4. Infancy, 24, 43-56.
  • Diaz, A., Swingler, M.S., Tan, L., Smith, C.L., Calkins, S.D., & Bell, M.A. (2019). Infant frontal EEG asymmetry moderates the association between maternal behavior and toddler negative affectivity. Infant Behavior and Development, 55, 88-99.
  • Dunsmore, J., Ashley, R., Zhou, Y., Swain, D., Factor, R., Broomell, A., Waldron, J., Bell, M.A., & Scarpa, A. (2019). Marching to the beat of your own drum? A proof-of-concept study assessing physiological linkage in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Biological Psychology, 144, 37-45.
  • Kim-Spoon, J., Deater-Deckard, K., King-Casas, B., Calkins, S., & Bell, M. A. (2019). Commonality between executive functioning and effortful control related to adjustment. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 60, 47-55.
  • Kraybill, J.H., Kim-Spoon, J., & Bell, M.A. (2019). Infant attention and age 3 executive function. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 92, 3-11.
  • since 2019 --- College of Science Faculty Fellow, Virginia Tech
  • since 2016 --- Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience, Virginia Tech
  • since 2015 --- Affiliated Faculty in Human Development, Virginia Tech
  • since 2014 --- Professor of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • since 2012 --- Professor of Basic Science, 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