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Optimizing Human Performance

Heidi Gazelle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Gazelle is accepting new graduate students for 2019-20.

Dr. Heidi Gazelle

Get to know Dr. Gazelle


I am interested in interpersonal and intrapersonal processes that forecast continuity in change in socially anxious children’s and adolescents’ developmental pathways over time. My research is guided by a Child-by-Environment Model which focuses on how socially anxious youths’ strengths and vulnerabilities interact with interpersonal supports and stressors in their everyday environments (school, peers, and family) to influence their social and emotional development.


  • Postdoctoral training, Center for Developmental Science (U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Ph.D., Developmental and Socialization Processes (U. of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign)
  • M.A., Developmental and Socialization Processes (U. of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign)
  • B.A., Psychology (Wesleyan University)

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

61% of my publications appear in top-tier developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology journals including:

  • Child Development
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (JACP)

Recent selected articles:

Peter, D. & Gazelle, H. (2017). Anxious solitude and self-compassion and self-criticism trajectories in early adolescence: Attachment security as a moderator. Special section on “Origins of Children’s Self-Views” (E. Brummelman & S. Thomaes, Eds.), Child Development, 88(6), 1834–1848.

Shell, M. D., Gazelle, H., & Faldowski, R. (2014). Anxious solitude and the middle school transition: A diathesis × stress model of peer exclusion and victimization trajectories. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1569-1583.

Gazelle, H. (2013). Is social anxiety in the child or in the anxiety-provoking nature of the child’s environment? Child Development Perspectives, 4, 221 -226.

Spangler-Avant, T. L., Gazelle, H., Faldowski, R. (2011). Classroom emotional climate as a moderator of anxious solitary children’s longitudinal risk for peer exclusion: A child × environment model. Developmental Psychology, 47, 1711-1727.

Gazelle, H., Workman, J. O., & Allan, W. (2010). Anxious solitude and clinical disorder in middle childhood: Bridging developmental and clinical approaches to childhood social anxiety. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 1-17.

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.


  • Guest Editor of the special section of JACP on “Social withdrawal and anxiety in childhood and adolescence: Interaction between individual tendencies and interpersonal learning mechanisms in development” together with Professor Ken Rubin
  • Principle investigator on K01 and R01 grants from the NIMH and NICHD
  • Chair/Co-chaired Review Panels on Peer Relations, Developmental Psychopathology, and Social Cognition for SRCD and SRA
  • Editorial board member of Merrill Palmer Quarterly (current), Child Development, and the International Journal of Behavioural Development (past)


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