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 developmental disorders, with a particular focus on how children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) learn words, understand different aspects of language and process gestures. 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. In addition to her research expertise, Charlotte is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Charlotte is a member of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) research group and British Psychological Society (BPS) – Developmental Section

Full Profile

Charlotte graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology, before studying for her MSc in Developmental Psychology and PhD in Psychology at Lancaster University. Her PhD was supervised by Dr. Melissa Allen (who also supervised her MSc dissertation) and Professor Charlie Lewis 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, investigating gesture processing and understanding of prosody, linguistic cues, sibling aggression and victimisation in ASD.


Field, C., Lewis, C., & Allen, M. A. (2019).  Referent selection in children with Autism Spectrum Condition and intellectual disabilities: Do social cues affect word-to-object or word-to-location mappings?  Research in Developmental Disabilities

Field, C., Allen, M. A., & Lewis, C. (2016). 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. (2016). Attentional Learning helps language acquisition take shape for atypically developing children, not just children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders


Charlotte has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences, including International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), the British Psychological Society – Developmental Section conferences and Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), as well as smaller-scale research seminar events.  Her ‘3-minute thesis’ PhD talk entitled ‘what cues help shape word learning for children with autism?’ won the runners-up prize at Lancaster University’s Faculty of Science and Technology Christmas Conference (December 2012).

External Activities

Reviewer for ‘Research in Developmental Disabilities’ Journal

Reviewer for ‘Journal of Intellectual Disability Research’

Teaching Activities

Charlotte has past and current experience teaching on a wide range of modules, particularly within the areas of Developmental Psychology and statistics, from Foundation to MSc level. She also supervises Undergraduate and MSc student projects.

Module Lead Responsibilities:

  • PS1020: Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology (First Year BSc)
  • PS4711: Advanced Psychology Placement (MSc Psychology of Child Development)

Liaison Officer for the Education and Psychology students.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy