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Becky Hardiman

PhD Student


Becky is pursuing her PhD (part-time) at the Tizard Centre as well as working as CEO of the Fragile X Society. Rebecca obtained her first-class BSc degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham in June 2012 and was the Psychology department's nominee for the Vice Chancellor's Prize. During her study Rebecca completed a summer studentship at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Birmingham, as well as working as an Applied Behaviour Anaylst and volunteering at Special Education Schools.Becky is also a part-time CEO of the Fragile X Society; the charity which provides information and practical guidance to support and empower individuals and families living with fragile X in the UK.

Rebecca's research interests include gene x environment interactions in behavioural phenotypes of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Rebecca is also a part-time member of the Board of Directors of the Fragile X Society; a charity which aims to promote awareness, and to support families and research into Fragile X (

Funded by Remedi, a medical research charity in the UK, Rebecca recently worked alongside Mark O'Reilly (holder of the Mollie Villeret Davis Professorship in Learning Disabilities) and his colleagues at the University of Texas, Austin, USA, in order to receive training in the experimental functional analysis methodology.


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  • Hardiman, R. L., & McGill, P. (2017). The topographies and operant functions of challenging behaviours in fragile X syndrome: A systematic review and analysis of existing data. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability42(2), 190-203.
  • Hardiman, R. L., & Bratt, A. (2016). Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function in Fragile X Syndrome and its relationship to behaviour: A systematic review. Physiology & Behavior167, 341-353.
  • Rose, J., Nelson, L., & Hardiman, R. (2016). The Relationship Between Challenging Behaviour, Cognitions and Stress in Mothers of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1-14.
  • Richstein, J., Cohen, J., & Hardiman, B. (2017). Fragile X Research From A Parental Perspective. In R. Willemsen & F. Kooy (Eds.) Fragile X Syndrome: From Genetics to Targeted Treatment. (pp. 457-470) ​Academic Press (Elsevier), London, UK. 
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Rebecca's PhD is focussed on the relationship between challenging behaviour and hyperarousal in individuals with Fragile X Syndrome, alongside Peter McGill and Dr Alison Bratt.

Rebecca's interests include: gene x environment interactions in behavioural phenotypes of neurodevelopmental disorders; challenging behaviours; functional analysis.

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Last Updated: 15/06/2017