About Malinda

Malinda Jo Muzi has been a college professor for more than 50 years. Her specialties include child development, lifespan development, and parenting. Her textbooks: Psychology: A Biographical Approach, The Child Through Time and Transition, and The Experience of Parenting has been used in college classrooms across the country. Her advise has been featured in Family Circle and Parent's magazine. Her recent book Your Kids, Their Lives: A Parent's Guide to Raising happy, Competent, Caring Children is available on Amazon in book or e-book format. Her novel, Invisible Loyalties, is available on Amazon. 

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For freshman/sophomore courses in Child Development and Developmental Psychology (including adolescence) at two and four year schools taught in psychology, human ecology, human development, and early childhood education. To bring to life the colorful, fascinating and sometimes puzzling process of developmental psychology, this text uses the lives of famous individuals to illustrate development in action and introduce each chapter’s content. Through an analysis of the young lives of these individuals, students will come to understand how heredity and environment interact to mold development. Two main themes flow throughout the text: The child within his or her culture and the child within the family. Using these themes this text covers the main theories, research and applications of developmental psychology and illustrates how society, culture and the family interact with heredity to shape physical, cognitive, and social development. An engaging writing style, lots of solid practical information and interesting examples grab the student’s interest and further illuminate this subject.


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Invisble Loyalties

Who would execute a little old Jewish lady in the parking lot of Saks? When Miriam Lavin is found shot to death after a Friday night of shopping, the case falls to three police officers in Lower Merion, a wealthy suburb of Philadelphia. The lead investigator is William Sutor, a middle-aged, never-married police lieutenant of German descent, living with his father, a rabid anti-Semite. Sutor is assisted by Rhonda Robinson, an ambitious African-American detective intent on moving up in the predominately male, white force, and Colin McKendrick, a reluctant cop who hides his discontent under a macho exterior. When Sutor falls in love with the primary murder suspect, Jewish literature professor Melanie Marconi, their affair interferes with the pursuit of justice. As evidence mounts against Melanie, the conflict between personal and professional conduct threatens to unravel the case and destroy Sutor’s career. Invisible Loyalties is a tale of family betrayal as well as one of friendship and love between people of different ethnic backgrounds and family experiences.