Anna Theakston received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Nottingham, UK. From 1995-2000 she was employed at the University of Manchester, UK working on two ESRC-funded projects investigating early language development in children between the ages of 2-3 years. She was awarded her Ph.D. based on this work in 1999. From 1998-2000 she also coordinated the Manchester based Max Planck Child Study Centre, funded by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, that houses a number of research assistants and postgraduate students.
In 2000 she was appointed to a lectureship in developmental psychology at the University of Manchester.
Main research interests are the acquisition of grammar situated within a usage-based framework, and the relation between children's language acquisition and the language they are exposed to. In particular, her research is focused on the acquisition of auxiliary syntax, verb argument structure and the development of abstraction.