Gabriela Alicia Martorell was born in Seattle, Washington, but moved as a toddler to Guatemala. At eight, she moved back to the United States and lived in Northern California until leaving for her undergraduate training at University of California, Davis. After obtaining her B.S. in Psychology, she earned her Ph.D. in Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology at University of California, Santa Barbara. Since that time, she has served a number of learning institutions including Portland State University, Norfolk State University, and her current full-time position at Virginia Wesleyan College. Gabriela has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in lifespan human development, infant development, child development, adolescent development, adulthood and aging, cultural issues in psychology, evolutionary psychology, developmental psychopathology, and a Capstone practicum in Early Childhood Education. She is committed to teaching, mentoring and advising. She is currently conducting research on attachment processes in immigrant Latino/a adolescents which is funded by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and is Co-Investigator for a National Science Foundation grant focused on student retention and success in science, technology, engineering, and math. Additionally, she has published one child development textbook and is currently working on a second.
Bugental, D. B., Olster, D. H. & Martorell, G. A. (2003). A developmental neuroscience perspective on
the dynamics of parenting. In L. Kuczynski (Ed.), Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child
Relationships. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Myrick, S. E. & Martorell, G. A. (2010). Sticks and stones may break my bones: Protective factors
against perceived discrimination on social competence in adolescence, Journal of Social and
Personal Relationships, 18, 487-501.
Martorell, S. & Martorell, G. A. (2006). Bridging uncharted waters in Georgia: Down syndrome
association of Atlanta outreach to Latino/a families. American Journal of Community
Psychology, 37, 1827-1833.
Martorell, G. A., Bugental, D. B. (2006). Maternal variations in stress reactivity: Implications for
harsh parenting practices with very young children. Journal of Family Psychology, 20(4),
Bugental, D. B., Martorell, G. A. & Barraza, V (2003). The hormonal costs of subtle forms of infant
maltreatment. Hormones and Behavior, 43, 237-244.
Lin, E. K., Bugental. D. B., Turek, V., Martorell, G. A. & Olster, D. H. (2002). Children’s vocal
properties as mobilizers of stress-related physiological responses in adults. Personality and Social
Psychology Bulletin, 28, 346-357.
Bugental, D. B. & Martorell, G. (1999). Competition between friends: The joint influence of perceived
power of self, friends and parents. Journal of Family Psychology, 13, 1-14.
Martorell, G. A. (2012). Child. New York: McGraw-Hill
Martorell, G. A. & Papalia, D. (in progress). A Child’s World. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Associate Producer, McGraw-Hill, Study Smart. Short films describing concepts in developmental
Associate Producer, AKLearning, Milestones of Development. Short films illustrating concepts in
developmental psychology, 2007-2012.
Educational consultant, Dark Blue Morning Productions, Discovering Psychology. Short films illustrating
concepts in psychology, 2008.
Educational consultant, Dark Blue Morning Productions, World of Psychology. Cross-cultural
examination of themes in psychology, 2008.
Associate producer, McGraw-Hill. Faces of Abnormal Psychology, volume 2. Clinical profiles of 11
individuals suffering from psychopathology, 2003.