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. [2017]. Develecology: An introduction to Bronfenbrenner. Unpublished manuscript, The University of Vermont. [Revised 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016]
  • 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. [2016, November 3]. Develecological parenting: Bronfenbrenner in the family. Presentation at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Shelton, L. G. [2016, June 2]. Using a developmental ecological framework in professional internship courses. Presentation at the annual meeting of The Family Science Association, Estes Park, CO.
  • Shelton, L. G. [2015, November 11]. Teaching an ecological perspective on family transitions. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 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.

Awards and Recognition

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

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)

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]
Lawrence Shelton


    • Ph.D. in Child Psychology from University of Minnesota
    • M.A. in Child Psychology from University of Minnesota
    • B.A. in Social Relations from Harvard College


    Phone: 802 656-2008
    Office: Mann Hall 208, on the Trinity Campus
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    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