Madelynn Shell Profile

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Dr. Madelynn Shell

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • 254.501.5879
  • Room: WH-318H


Dr. Madelynn Shell is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Counseling and Psychology Department at Texas A&M University - Central Texas. She completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She earned a Masters in Experimental Psychology and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Shell teaches a variety of undergraduate courses at Texas A&M University-Central Texas including Writing in Psychology, Human Lifespan, Social Psychology, and Behavioral Science Research.

Dr. Shell’s research focuses on social and emotional development during school transitions. Her current work investigates how socioemotional adjustment influences the transition to college, and how various risk and protective factors, such a shyness, friendship, and college belonging, can influence student adjustment. A complimentary line of research focuses on the ways in which academic and social factors and classroom experiences can promote student success during college. Dr. Shell welcomes student participation in research, and encourages students interested in these areas to contact her at

Selected Publications:

Shell, M. D., Strouth, M., & Reynolds, A. M. (2021). Make a note of it: Comparison of longhand, keyboard, and stylus note-taking techniques. The Learning Assistance Review, 26(2), 1-23.

Shell, M. D., Shears, D., & Millard, Z. (2020). Who am I? Changes in identity development during college. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 25, 192-202.

Shell, M. D. & Absher, T. N. (2019). Effects of shyness and friendship on socioemotional adjustment during the college transition. Personal Relationships, 26, 386-405.

Gazelle, H. & Shell, M. D. (2017). Behavioral profiles of anxious solitary children: Predicting longitudinal peer relations trajectories from third to fifth grade. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 63(2), 237-281.

Moore, L. & Shell, M. D. (2017). Effects of parental support and self-esteem on internalizing symptoms in emerging adulthood. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 22, 131-151.

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.