Duncan, Lynne


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After completing my undergraduate degree in the School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews, I was awarded an MRC studentship to study for a PhD on the topic of developmental dyslexia. I have been conducting research and lecturing in the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee since 1999. In 2009, I held a post as a Visiting Lecturer in the Unité de Recherche sur l’Evolution du Comportement et l’Apprentissage at the Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3 in France. I am currently a Visiting faculty member in Psychology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy. 


Lab Website: Language and Learning lab 

 My research takes a cross-linguistic perspective on language development in relation to visual word recognition and developmental dyslexia. Studies have investigated the influence of speech rhythm on phonological development and the relationship between orthographic depth and rates of reading acquisition in a range of European languages.

I also investigate early language development, in particular, the acquisition of knowledge about derivational morphology through collaboration with Prof. Pascale Colé (Aix-Marseille Université, France) and Prof. Séverine Casalis (Université de Lille, France).

My interests also extended to the visual word recognition skills of bilinguals and second language learners, a topic that I now work on together with Prof. Séverine Casalis and our former PhD student, Dr Eva Commissaire

I am committed to using a collaborative approach in my research. In 2019, I co-founded LALco: Language and Literacy: Communication, collaboration, co-production (www.lalco.org.uk) with Dr Sarah McGeown at the University of Edinburgh.  This is a multidisciplinary network of individuals with a shared interest in researching and promoting the language and literacy skills of children and young people.


I supervise undergraduate and MSc dissertatons and teach on the following modules:

MSc Research in Practice

MSc/Level 4: Reading Development and Disability

Level 3 Research Skills

Level 2: Language Development 

Level 1: Biological Psychology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

Visiting faculty

Oct 2023Sept 2024

Professeur associé, Université de Lille

Jan 2009Jun 2009


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