Before moving to Alabama, Ellen owned and directed a gymnastics and motor development program for preschool-aged children in Portland, Oregon. Her experiences there motivated her to learn more about the adult-child relationships she was privileged to observe each day. She completed her Master’s and PhD degrees in the area of child and family studies at Washington State University in 1993, and has been at Auburn University ever since.
Ellen is a co-leader of the parenting resource area on eXtension and its front page editor. She is an Associate Professor in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University and an Extension Specialist in human development and family studies with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Ellen creates research-based educational programs and materials to enhance the abilities of parents and early childhood professionals to engage in adult-child interactions that guide and nurture young children’s growth, learning, and resilience. Some of her programs include the Begin Education Early (BEE) program, designed for parents of preschoolers, and the Family Child Care Partnerships mentoring program, designed for home-based child care providers.
Ellen has written dozens of Extension publications for parents of young children on topics ranging from infant and young children's behavior to understanding and managing the emotions of parenting to everyday parent-child interactions that prepare children for school.
Ellen Abell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Auburn University
Extension Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
office: (334) 844-4480