Dr Amanda Ludlow

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology

Amanda Ludlow

Contact details

Telephone 44 (0)121 415 6261

Email a.k.ludlow@bham.ac.uk

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Dr Amanda Ludlow is a developmental psychologist focusing on atypical development, both developmental psychopathology and developmental disorders. Her research broadly falls in to three categories: Visual Function in children with developmental disorders, Social and Emotional Development of children with sensory deficits (Children with ASD, Deafness, Blindness, Tourette Syndrome), Early Risk factors in Developmental Psychopathology.


  • BSc (Goldsmiths College)
  • PhD (Goldsmiths College)


Dr Ludlow completed her Bachelor psychology degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London before undertaking her PhD addressing colour processing in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders under the supervision of Professor Pamela Heaton. She then completed a Post-Doctoral position on an EU funded cross cultural research project investigating the Stages in the Evolution and Development of Sign Use (SEDSU). Her specific role on the project was investigating the links between colour cognition and language in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Deaf Children. She took her first lectureship in 2007 at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. There she was the pathway leader for the Masters in Clinical Child Psychology.

In September 2011 she joined Birmingham University Psychology Department as a lecturer. She is currently the Undergraduate Student Ambassador and is Head of Undergraduate Welfare.


Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Level 1 (Module Leader), Cognitive Neuropsychology at Level 2 (Module Leader) and Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology at Level 3 (Module leader).

Postgraduate supervision

Anna Jones: ‘Emotion and social cognition in children with autism and deafness’

Richard Hollingsworth: 'Visual function and reading in deaf children'


She has several ongoing research projects including the effect of atypical language development on different cognitive processes such as reading styles and emotion processing (in collaboration with the ICMS, Marseille, France). Another one of her research interests involves the processing of colour in both typical and atypical populations (in collaboration with Goldsmiths college, Essex University and Sussex University). Finally, she is also interested in impact of sensory deficits (e.g., blindness, deafness) on the emotional development of children.

In addition to developmental disorders, another of her research interests is on developmental psychopathology. Currently she has projects related to both conduct and attachment disorders. Moreover, she has co-authored a book on Developmental Psychopathology alongside Professor Patricia Kerig (University of Utah) available February 2012. This book addresses psychopathology across the lifespan including Schizophrenia, Emergent Personality Disorders, Eating Disorders and Substance abuse.

Other activities

  • Member of the British Psychological Society (Division of Education and Child Psychology and Division of Clinical Psychology)
  • External examiner for the Applied Masters Degree and their Undergraduate Psychology degree at Middlesex University
  • External Examiner for Oxford Brookes Masters in Research in Developmental Psychology


Ludlow, A. K., Heaton, P., Hill, E, & Franklin, A. (in press). Colour Obsessions and Phobias in Autism Spectrum Disorders: the Case of J.G. Neurocase.

Ludlow, A. K., Heaton, P., & Deruelle, C. (in press). Decoding actions and emotions in deaf children: Evidence from a biological motion task. Journal of Cognition and Development.

Ludlow, A.K., Skelly, C, & Rohleder. P. (in press) Challenges faced by parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Health Psychology.

Kerig, P, Ludlow, A. K., & Wernar, C (2012). Developmental Psychopathology. Oxford: McGraw-Hill. 

Ludlow, A.K., Taylor-Whiffen, E., & Wilkins, A. (2012). Coloured filters enhance the visual perception of social cues in children with autism spectrum disorders. IRSN Neurology.

Ludlow, A. K., Heaton, P., Rosset, D., Hills, P., & Deruelle, C. (2010). Emotion recognition in children with profound and severe deafness: A case for deficit in perceptual processing? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 26, 1-6.

Ludlow, A. K., & Wilkins, A. J. (2009). Colour as a therapeutic intervention: The case of J.G. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39(5), 815-818.

Heaton, P., Hudry, K., Ludlow, A. K., & Hill, E. (2008). Superior pitch processing is unrelated to verbal ability in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Cognitive Neuropsychology, 25(6), 771-782.

Ludlow, A. K., Wilkins, A. J., & Heaton, P. (2008). Coloured overlays enhance visual perceptual performance in children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2, 498-515.

Heaton P., Ludlow, A. K., & Roberson, D. (2008). When less is more: Poor discrimination but good colour memory in autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2, 147-156.

Ludlow, A. K., Wilkins, A. J., & Heaton, P. (2006). The effect of coloured overlays in children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36(4), 507-516

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