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Fionnuala Larkin
Research Fellow



  • 2001-2005: BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin.
  • 2005-2006: MSc in Philosophy of Mental Disorder from King’s College, London.
  • 2007-2008: MSc in Child Development from Institute of Education, University of London.
  • 2009-2012: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DPsychSc) in University College Dublin.

Fionnuala is a HCPC-registered, practising clinical psychologist with an interest in developmental psychology and psychopathology. She conducts research on parent-child interaction in typical and atypical development (especially autism-spectrum disorders), as well as service-based research in clinical psychology.


  • 2017 – Present: Clinical Psychologist at The Retreat, York.
  • 2016 – Present: Associate Lecturer, University of York.
  • 2014 – 2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of York.



Maternal Mind-mindedness: Transmission mechanisms & predicting development into early adulthood (2018 – 2021).

Assessments of social cognition and emotion understanding for 2-year-olds (2017).

Baby and Me – an intervention study that aims to use new technology to improve the quality of infant–mother interaction in mothers (2014 – 2017).


  • Elizabeth Meins, University of York
  • Jessica Hobson, University College London and Sonoma State University
  • Suzanne Guerin, University College Dublin
  • Katja Osswald, The Retreat, York.


Selected publications

  • Larkin, F., Hobson, J.A., Hobson, R.P., & Tolmie, A. (2017). Collaborative competence in dialogue: Language impairment as a window onto the psychopathology of autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 43-44, 27-39.
  • Larkin, F., Meins, E., Centifanti, L.C.M., & Fernyhough, C. (2017). How Does Restricted and Repetitive Behavior Relate to Language and Social Cognition in Typical Development? Development and Psychopathology, 29(3), 863-874.
  • Larkin, F., Guerin, S., Hobson, J.A. & Gutstein, S.E., (2015). The Relationship Development Assessment – Research Version: Preliminary validation of a clinical tool and coding schemes to measure parent-child interaction in autism. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 20(2), 239-60.

Contact details

Dr Fionnuala Larkin
Research Fellow
Department of Psychology
Berrick Saul Building

Tel: 01904 328145