Madelynn Shell

Madelynn D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

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:10.1037/a0035528

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. doi:10.1037/a0016165.


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.

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
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