Celia Brownell, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Developmental Program Chair

Developmental Program Chair


Early Social Development

Graduate Student Advisees

Whitney Waugh

Emma Satlof-Bedrick

Aleksandra Petkova

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Minnesota

Research Interests

Early prosocial development, social/emotional understanding, socialization.

Representative Publications

Waugh, W. & Brownell, C. (2017). “Help Yourself!” What can toddlers’ helping failures tell us about the development of prosocial behavior?  Infancy, 665-680.

Drummond, J., Satlof-Bedrick, E., Waugh, W., Hammond, S., & Brownell, C. (2017). Helping the one you hurt: Toddlers' rudimentary guilt, shame, and prosocial behavior after harming another. Child Development, 88, 1382-1397.

Brownell, C. & the Early Social Development Research Lab (2016). Prosocial behavior in infancy: The role of socialization. Child Development Perspectives. pdf

Nichols, S., Svetlova, M., & Brownell, C. (2015). Toddlers’ responses to infants’ positive and negative emotions. Infancy, 20, 70 - 97. pdf

Waugh, W., Brownell, C., & Pollock, B. (2015). Early socialization of prosocial behavior: How parents encourage toddlers’ helping in an everyday household task. Infant Behavior & Development, 39, 1 – 10. pdf

Drummond, J., Paul, E., Waugh, W., Hammond, S., & Brownell, C. (2014). Here, there, and everywhere: Emotion and mental state talk in different social contexts predicts empathic helping in toddlers. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:361. pdf

Accepting Graduate Students