Dr Rebecca Armstrong

Lecturer in Speech Pathology

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 67832


Rebecca is a Lecturer in Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland, and she has a particular clinical and research interest in paediatric populations. Clinically, Rebecca has experience working with school-age children, and she is passionate about sharing her interest and expertise in this area through her teaching and research aspirations. Rebecca’s teaching and research focuses on a range of paediatric areas of speech pathology practice, including speech, language, literacy and special needs in communication (including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Developmental Language Disorders). To date, Rebecca has presented at national and international conferences and also has published in peer-reviewed journals published in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and also population-based research examining the early life predictors and long-term outcomes of language impairment.

Research Interests

  • Word learning
    Including a focus on incidental word learning, cross-situational word learning and fast mapping in children with communication difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Epidemiology research
    Including a focus on population-based research examining early life predictors and long-term outcomes of communication disorders
  • School readiness
  • School-age children
    Including a focus on service delivery, assessment and intervention relating to school-age children with a range of communication difficulties


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Armstrong, Rebecca M. and Scott, James G. (2022). Patterns of language development from childhood to adulthood and the associated long-term psychosocial outcomes. Language development: Individual Differences in a Social Context. (pp. 281-301) edited by James Law, Sheena Reilly and Cristina McKean. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108643719.015

  • Harper-Hill, Keely, Wilson, Wayne, Armstrong, Rebecca, Perrykkad, Kelsey, Downing, Cerys and Ashburner, Jill (2021). Sound amplification in school contexts: implications for inclusive practice. Supporting students on the autism spectrum in inclusive schools: a practical guide to implementing evidence-based approaches. (pp. 88-103) edited by Suzanne Carrington, Beth Saggers, Keely Harper-Hill and Michael Whelan. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003049036-10

  • Westerveld, Marleen F., Armstrong, Rebecca M. and Barton, Georgina M. (2020). Reading Success. Reading Success in the Primary Years. (pp. 1-17) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-3492-8_1

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Armstrong, Rebecca, Scott, James G., Whitehouse, Andrew J. O., Copland, David A., Mcmahon, Katie L. and Arnott, Wendy (2017). Late talkers and later language outcomes: Predicting the different language trajectories. Speech-Pathology-Australia National Conference, Perth Australia, 2016. Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: TAYLOR & FRANCIS. doi: 10.1080/17549507.2017.1296191

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.