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Dr. Malinda Colwell
Dr. Malinda Colwell
Human Development and Family Studies
Phone: (806)834-4179 - Room 304

Auburn University, 2000

Associate Professor


Preschool children's emotional development; parental socialization of emotion; parent-child relationships; food insecurity

Member, TTU Teaching Academy

Selected Publications:

Corson, K., Colwell, M.J., Bell, N.J., & Trejos-Castillo, E. (2014). Wrapped up in covers: Preschoolers’ secrets and secret hiding places. Early Child Development and Care, 1769-1786.

Corson, K., & Colwell, M. J. (2013). Whispers in the ear: Preschool children’s conceptualization of secrets and confidants. Early Child Development and Care,183, 1215-1228.

Lindsey, E.W., & Colwell, M.J. (2013). Pretend and physical play: Links to preschoolers’ affective social competence. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 59, 330-360.

Lindsey, E. W., Colwell, M. J., Frabutt, J. M., Campbell, J. J. & MacKinnon-Lewis, C. E. (2008). Mother-adolescent dyadic synchrony in European- and African-American families: Relations with self-esteem and prosocial behavior. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 54, 289-315.

Colwell, M. J., & Hart, S. (2006). Emotion framing: Does it relate to children’s emotion knowledge and social behavior? Early Child Development and Care, 176, 591-603.

Colwell, M. J. & Lindsey, E. W. (2005). Preschool children’s pretend and physical play and gender of peer play partner. Sex Roles, 52, 492-509.

Lindsey, E. W., & Colwell, M. J. (2003). Preschooler’s emotional competence: Links to pretend and physical play. Child Study Journal, 33, 39-52.

Colwell, M. J., & Lindsey, E. W. (2003). Teacher-child interactions and preschooler’s perceptions of self and peers. Early Child Development and Care, 173, 249-258.

Colwell, M. J., Mize, J., Pettit, G. S., & Laird, R. D. (2002). Contextual determinants of mothers’ interventions in young children’s peer interactions. Developmental Psychology, 38, 492-502.