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Department ofPsychology

Lisa Whitfield

Lisa Whitfield
Lisa Whitfield
Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. Arizona State University- Developmental Psychology

M.A.  Arizona State Univeristy

Dr. Whitfield is a developmental psychologist who teaches our introductory psychology courses as well as child and adolescent development. Her research interests relate to school age children's cognitive development, specifically aspects of their executive function such as planning and attentional control.


General Psychology I
Ggeneral Psychology II
Developmental Psychology I
Adolescent Psychology


Gathercole, Virginia C. Mueller, Cramer, Lisa J., Somerville, Susan C., & Jansen op de Haar, Marian.  (1995)  Ontological categories and function:  Acquisition of new names.  Cognitive Development, 10(2), 225-251.

Gathercole, Virginia C. Mueller & Whitfield, Lisa C.  (2001).  Function as a criterion for the extension of new words.  Journal of Child Language, 28, 87-125.

Conference Papers and Presentations

Whitfield, Lisa C., Young*, Madison L., & Khan*, Suheel. (2013). Does exposure to natural scenes restore attentional resources?: An experimental investigation in school age children. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, October 18-19, 2013, Memphis, Tennessee.

Whitfield, Lisa C., Levine*, Sarah J., Hammond*, Melinda D., & Presson, Clark C.  (2005).  Children’s navigation with “You Are Here” versus portable maps. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, April 7-10, 2005, Atlanta, Georgia.