Dr. Charlotte Field

Lecturer in Developmental Disorders

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB219

+44 (0) 1772 89 3446

Subject Areas: Psychology

Charlotte has research and teaching expertise within the area of developmental psychology. Specifically, she is interested in interested in developmental disorders, with a particular focus on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and language acquisition. Charlotte has experience working with a wide age range of both ‘typically developing’ children and children with developmental disorders, as well as liaising with numerous mainstream and specialist schools for research purposes.

Charlotte is a member of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) research group.

Full Profile

Charlotte graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Psychology, before studying for her MSc in Developmental Psychology and PhD in Psychology at Lancaster University. Her PhD was supervised by Professor Charlie Lewis and Dr. Melissa Allen and investigated word learning for novel objects in three groups of participants; ‘typically developing’ children, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and children with other developmental disorders (DD). Alongside the PhD, Charlotte carried out regular teaching duties for the psychology department at Lancaster University. Charlotte was awarded her PhD in February 2016 and began working at UCLan in March 2016, as a Lecturer in Developmental Disorders. Charlotte is currently pursuing a similar line of research to her PhD studies.

Teaching Activities:

PS1020 - Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology

PS1045 – Current Topics in Psychology

PS4040 - The Psychology of Individual Differences


Field, C., Allen, M. A., & Lewis, C. (in Press). Are children with Autism Spectrum Disorder initially attuned to object function rather than shape for word learning? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Field, C., Allen, M. A., & Lewis, C. (in Press). Attentional Learning helps language acquisition take shape for atypically developing children, not just children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

External Activities

Reviewer for ‘Research in Developmental Disabilities’ Journal