Texas Tech University

Human Development and Family Sciences

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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 an examination of early childhood teachers' beliefs about children's social development, young children's emotion regulation and sibling relationships, parents' gender role beliefs, 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.

Current collaborators include faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and faculty in multiple departments in the College of Human Sciences.


Dr. Malinda Colwell

Phone: (806) 834-4179