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 an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and will soon start the PGCert course, which will enable her to gain Fellow status.

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 and linguistic cues in ASD.

Teaching Activities:

Charlotte currently teaches lectures, labs, seminars and/or workshops on the following modules (with occasional marking and/or assessing presentations for other modules):

PSC006 – Foundations of Psychology (Foundation Course)
PS1010 – Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry (First Year BSc)
PS1020 - Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology (First Year BSc)
PS1030 – Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition (First Year BSc)
PS1045 – Current Topics in Psychology (First Year BSc)
PS2010 – Psychological Research Methods 1: Design and Quantitative Analysis (Second Year BSc)
PS2015 – Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods (Second Year BSc)
PS2650 – Applying Psychology (Second Year BSc)
PS4040 - The Psychology of Individual Differences (Psychology Conversion MSc)
PS4211 – Development in Context (MSc Psychology of Child Development)
PS4711 – Advanced Psychology Placement. Module Leader. (MSc Psychology of Child Development)

Charlotte also supervises Undergraduate Third Year student Projects and MSc Psychology of Child Development student projects. She is Deputy Extenuating Circumstances Officer.


Charlotte has presented her work at numerous conferences, including the British Psychological Society – Development Section conferences (in September 2013 and 2014) and Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) (in March 2015) 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).


Field, C., Lewis, C., & Allen, M. A. (Submitted). Word learning from social cues across atypical development: Pathways of delay or deviance?

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

External Activities

Reviewer for ‘Research in Developmental Disabilities’ Journal

Reviewer for ‘Journal of Intellectual Disability Research’