Faculty and Staff
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 taught at 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 courses in introductory psychology, research methods, lifespan human development, infant development, child development, adolescent development, adulthood and aging, cultural issues in psychology, evolutionary psychology and developmental psychopathology, as well as community-based learning courses where students have been placed in early childhood education and hospice settings. She also conducts child development training for the Virginia Beach CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) branch, and teaches courses for the Institute of Learning in Retirement. She is committed to teaching, mentoring and advising. She is currently Co-Investigator for a National Science Foundation grant focused on student retention and success in science, technology, engineering, and math. Additionally, she has published three textbooks.
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), 641-647.
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). Childrens 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., Papalia, D. & Feldman, R. (in progress). Experience Human Development. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Martorell, G. A., Papalia, D.& Feldman, R. (2013). A Childs World. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Martorell, G. A. (2012). Child. New York: McGraw-Hill
Associate Producer, McGraw-Hill, Study Smart. Short films describing concepts in developmental psychology, 2013.
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.
- Developmental Psychology
- Evolutionary Psychology