Rebecca Louick


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Assistant Professor

Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders

128 John W. Porter Building


[email protected]


  • Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Boston College
  • M.S.Ed., Special Education/Learning Disabilities, CUNY-Hunter
  • A.B., English and Sociology, Amherst College


The Relationship Between Motivation, Self-Perception and Literacy Among Adolescents with Learning Disabilities


Rebecca A. Louick, Ph.D., is proud to be an Assistant Professor of Special Education at EMU. For eight years, prior to her doctoral studies, she was a middle- and high-school teacher at schools for students with learning disabilities. She teaches courses on learning disabilities, reading methods for students with special needs, and special education more generally. Her research focuses on academic motivation among adolescents with learning disabilities.

Interests and Expertise

  • Learning disabilities
  • Academic motivation
  • Literacy

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • Louick, R. (Proposal accepted). Autonomy-Supportive Teacher Practices for Students with Learning Disabilities. Proposal Submitted for Council for Learning Disabilities Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Louick, R., & Emery, A. (April 16, 2023). Asking Students with Disabilities About Their Epistemic Emotions Reveals Implications for Future Research. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 
  • Louick, R. (March 2, 2023). Attending To Motivation During Vocabulary Interventions For Students With Or At Risk For Learning Disabilities. Presented at Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Annual Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Louick, R., & Wang, M. (April, 2021). Classroom Discourse and Disability: Interactional Opportunities for Development of Self-Determination Beliefs. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.
  • Emery, A., & Louick, R. (April, 2021). Examining How Prominent Educational Psychology Journals Create and Resist Space for Understanding Disability. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

Grants, Honors and Awards

Student Impact Award, Eastern Michigan University College of Education (2023)

Summer Research/Creative Activity Award, Eastern Michigan University (2022)