Malinda Colwell, Ph.D.
Phone: (806) 834-4179
Office: HS 507F
Member, TTU Teaching Academy
My area of expertise and research interests focus on preschool children's socio-emotional development and how to promote positive socialization and equip young children and families to be healthy, which in turn promotes children's socio-emotional development. I am fascinated by how young children come to identify and then appropriately express their emotions and how that influences their social relationships. When we think about socializing children about emotions, I often think we assume that adults, by virtue of being adults, know how to socialize others about emotions and to promote positive social interactions. And yet, I think the socialization process is not something that we are all naturally inclined to do. Therefore, I am also interested in teacher-child and parent-child relationships and how the quality of those relationships may influence socialization processes.
I am also interested in how promoting food security (specifically in Malawi, Africa) impacts young children's development across all domains. My multidisciplinary work in this area brings together expertise in food safety, meat sciences, nutrition, agriculture, and developmental science. Relatedly, I am interested in promoting health and nutrition and promoting food security domestically, specifically in low-income and military populations.
In each of these areas, my focus is on the child in the context of family, cultural, and educational systems and how to best provide children a solid foundation for social and emotional development.
Areas of Expertise
- Young children's social and emotional development
- Food insecurity and children's developmental issues
- Parent-child and teacher-child relationships
- STEM learning in young children
Colwell, M.J., Corson, K.*, Sastry, A.*, & Wright, H.* (in press). Secret keepers: Children's Theory
of mind and their conception of secrecy. Early Child Development and Care.
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.
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.
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.