Madelynn Shell

Madelynn D. Shell

Madelynn ShellAssociate Professor of Psychology

Phone: 276.376.3421
Office: Smiddy 135


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • B.A., Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Courses Taught

  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development
  • Child Development
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Independent Research
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Integrated Statistics and Research Methods
  • Peer Relations
  • Psychological Disorders in Childhood
  • Senior Seminar
  • Social and Personality Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Writing in Psychology

Research Interests

  • Social and emotional development in children, adolescents, and emerging  adults
  • Peer relations (friendship, victimization, exclusion, romantic relationships)
  • Shyness and social withdrawal
  • Internalizing symptoms
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Environmental impacts on developmental trajectories

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Psi Chi, Psychology Honor Society
  • Society for Research in Adolescence
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  • Southeastern Psychological Association


  • Harrison Award for Rising Star
  • National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award

Selected Publications

Scott, V.*, Shell, M. D. & Gazelle, H. (2015). Anxious solitary
adolescents’ coping in response to peer stress. Psi Chi Journal of
Psychological Research, 20, 18-28.

Shell, M. D., Gazelle, H. & Faldowski, R. A. (2014). Anxious solitude and the
middle school transition: A child × environment model of peer exclusion and
victimization trajectories. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1569-1589. doi:

Gazelle, H. & Shell, M. D. (2014). Anxious solitude at school. In R. J.
Coplan & J. C. Bowker (Eds.), Handbook of solitude: Psychological
perspectives on social isolation, social withdrawal, and being alone (pp.
263-282). New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell.

Gazelle, H., & Druhen, M. J. (2009). Anxious solitude and peer exclusion
predict social helplessness, upset affect, and vagal regulation in response
to behavioral rejection by a friend. Developmental Psychology, 45, 1077-1096.


Chadwell, C.,* Shell, M. D. & Feeser, K. (2015, March). Gratitude and
positive affect as predictors of positive relationships. Poster presented at
the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, Hilton Head, SC.

VanDyke, S.* & Shell, M. D. (2014, April). Perceived risk for breast cancer
and preventative behavior among women in rural Appalachia. Paper presented at
the National Council for Undergraduate Research Conference, Lexington, KY.

Shell, M. D., Gazelle, H. & Scott, V.* (2014, March). Anxious solitary
youths’ emotional responses to peer challenge in middle childhood predict
coping styles in early adolescence. In (H. Gazelle, chair) Socially withdrawn
youth: Interpersonal and emotional development. Symposium for the Biennial
Meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, Austin, TX.

VanDyke, S.* & Shell, M. D. (2014, March). Health attitudes predict breast
cancer screening in rural Appalachian women. Poster presented at the
Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, Nashville, TN.

Scott, V.* & Shell, M. D. (2013, April). Negative coping strategies among
anxious solitary adolescents. Poster presented at the Council of Public
Liberal Arts Colleges Research Conference, Wise, VA.