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Faculty Biography

Faculty Biography | Lawrence Shelton

Lawrence Shelton

Lawrence Shelton, Ph.D.Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Mann Hall 208, on the Trinity Campus
802 656-2008

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies. Co-Principal Investigator, "Supporting Faculty to Teach All Students: A Universal Design Consulting Team Model." US Department of Education Funded Project: UDL@UVM

Areas of Expertise:

Adolescent Development; Family Studies; Gender Studies; Higher Education; Human Development and Identity; Restorative Justice; Universal Design

  • Human Develecology: Develecology is the study of the processes of development of organisms and their relations with their environments, employing a combination of systemic and longitudinal perspectives that include the mutual and reciprocal transactions of organism and context. The focus of develecological analysis is change in both the context and the organism.

Current Projects:

Think College, Universal Course Design (Equity and Excellence in Higher Education), Universal Design for Learning, Vermont Family Court Parent Education Program


Selected Publications

  • Shelton, L. G. [2014]. Develecology: An introduction to Bronfenbrenner. Unpublished manuscript, The University of Vermont. [Revised 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013]
  • Shelton, L. G. [2012, Summer]. An introductory family science course built on Bronfenbrenner’s ecological framework. NCFR Report, Family Focus on Teaching Family Science. Vol. 57.2, pp. 20 – 22.
  • Branch, J. & Shelton, L. G. [2012]. Coping with separation and divorce: A parenting seminar. Parent handbook. [3rd edition, revised and edited by Bedig, M.]. Burlington, VT: University of Vermont Extension.
  • Shelton, L. G. & Edelman, S. W. [2011, Dec.] Better learning by design in higher education: Introduction. Design for All, Vol. 6, No. 12, pp. 20-26. Retrieved from
  • Parker, H. B. & Shelton L. G. [2011, Dec.]. Faculty attitudes about disabilities and universal design. Design for All, Vol. 6, No. 12, pp. 64-76. Retrieved from

Selected Presentations

  • Shelton, L. G. [2014, July 17]. Why restorative justice works, and how to make it better. Presentation at the International Conference on Restorative Justice, Responsive Regulation, and Complex Problems. Burlington, VT.
  • Shelton, L. G. [2013, November 8]. Infusing ecological perspectives throughout the HD and FS curriculum. Presentation at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, San Antonio, TX.
  • Shelton, L. G. [2013, October 18]. The Boy Code problem and early childhood educators. Workshop presentation at the annual conference of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children, Killington, VT.
  • Shelton, L. G. [2013, June 11]. Fathers and the Boy Code problem. Workshop presentation at the 2013 Vermont Fatherhood Conference, Montpelier, VT.
  • Shelton, L. G. [2012, October 31]. Using Bronfenbrenner’s ecological framework to structure an introductory family course. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Phoenix, AZ.

Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

Advanced Child Development; Boys & Men: Development, Risks & Relationships; Boys and Men: Development, Risks, and Relationships; Family Context of Human Development; Field Experience; Human Development; Parenting Through Separation, Divorce, and Remarriage; Social Context of Human Development; The Family Context of Human Development; The Family Ecosystem; The Social Context of Human Development


  • Ph.D. in Child Psychology from University of Minnesota
  • M.A. in Child Psychology from University of Minnesota

Awards & Honors

  • John Dewey Educator's Award from College of Education and Social Services: For Excellence in Teaching (2009)

Licensure or Certifications

  • Licensed Practicing Psychologist (Vermont; No. 97; Inactive)
  • Master Instructor, Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center [Provider of Professional Development Services for Early Childhood Professionals]

Professional Associations

  • American Psychological Association (APA), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD)