Dr Catherine O'Hanlon

Ph.D. (Essex), BSc Anrhydedd (Essex), C.Psychol, FHEA

Dr Catherine O'Hanlon

Lecturer in Psychology

Department of Psychology

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Dr O'Hanlon completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Essex in May 2006. She was appointed Lecturer in Psychology at Newcastle University in August 2006, where she worked for five years, at first within the Division of Psychology (2006-2007), then within the Institute of Neuroscience (2007-2011). Catherine joined the Psychology Department at Aberystwyth University in March 2012.


Dr O'Hanlon's research interests are in learning and development in toddlers and children with and without developmental disorders, particularly in the domains of language and social cognition. Catherine also has expertise and clinical training in autism spectrum disorder. Her most recent research has focused on young children's attention to colour, development of colour concepts and acquisition of colour words. This work is currently being followed up, in collaboration with postgraduate students, with young people on the autism spectrum. The long-term aim of this project is to develop novel teaching materials and strategies for children with ASD, using 'preferred colours'.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Tuesday 11:30-13:00
  • Thursday 14:30-16:00


O'Hanlon, C & Read, J 2017, 'Blindness to background: An inbuilt bias for visual objects', Developmental Science, vol. 20, no. 5, e12478, pp. 1-23. 10.1111/desc.12478
Plack, CJ, Oxenham, AJ, Simonson, AM, O'Hanlon, CG, Drga, V & Arifianto, D 2008, 'Estimates of compression at low and high frequencies using masking additivity in normal and impaired ears', Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 123, no. 6, pp. 4321-4330. 10.1121/1.2908297
O'Hanlon, CG & Roberson, D 2007, 'What constrains children's learning of novel shape terms?', Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 97, no. 2, pp. 138-148. 10.1016/j.jecp.2006.12.002
O'Hanlon, CG & Roberson, D 2006, 'Learning in context: Linguistic and attentional constraints on children's color term learning', Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 94, no. 4, pp. 275-300. 10.1016/j.jecp.2005.11.007
Roberson, D & O'Hanlon, C 2005, 'How culture might constrain color categories', Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 505-506. 10.1017/S0140525X05400084
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