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Becky Larkin

Rebecca Larkin

Deputy Head of Department

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Rebecca is a Principal Lecturer and Deputy Head of Academy for NTU Psychology.

Rebecca is a cognitive developmental psychologist, with a particular focus on language and literacy development in children.  Recent research work has focused primarily on developmental language disorder and the impact on written language development, including children's spelling skills.  Rebecca teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate project work, and is always keen to hear from potential PhD candidates in the field of language and literacy.

Career overview

Rebecca would be interested in supervising students in the following areas:

  • Typical and atypical aspects of language and literacy development
  • Development Dyslexia
  • Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
  • Multi-discipline projects that impact on psychology, education and childhood learning

Research areas

  • A member of the Language, Literacy and Psycholinguistics Research Group

Rebecca's research interests include:

  • Cognitive development psychology
  • Typical and atypical language and literacy development
  • Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and Developmental Dyslexia
  • Written language development
  • Children's spelling strategies

External activity

  • Steering group member for the British Dyslexia Association International Conference 2008; 2011 and 2014
  • Organising committee for the British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference, Nottingham 2009
  • Review Editorial Board of Frontiers in Cognitive Science
  • Guest Editor for Dyslexia

Sponsors and collaborators

  • British Academy
  • Leverhulme
  • Dr Gareth Williams, Nottingham Trent University
  • Prof Clare Wood, Nottingham Trent University
  • Dr Andrew Dunn, Nottingham Trent University
  • Dr Sarah Critten, Coventry University