Texas Tech University

Human Development and Family Studies

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Early Childhood Development Lab

The Early Childhood Development Lab is a multidisciplinary lab focused on multiple aspects of young children's social and emotional development, including those relationships most salient to the children (i.e, mothers, fathers, teachers, caregivers).

Projects in our lab include a food insecurity intervention with children and mothers in Malawi, Africa, an examination of early childhood teachers' beliefs about children's social development, young children's helping behaviors, parent and caregiver relationships and transitions, the socio-emotional outcomes associated with the PBS show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, and the importance and development of outdoor learning environments for children.

Collaborators include faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, College of Media and Communications, and faculty in multiple departments in the College of Human Sciences.


Dr. Malinda Colwell

Phone: (806) 834-4179
Office: HS 305