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Lauren Cycyk

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B.A., the George Washington University
M.S., Arizona State University
Ph.D., Temple University
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Lauren M. Cycyk, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in Communication Disorders and Sciences. Her research focuses on sociocultural and environmental influences on the dual Spanish-English language development of young children from Latino backgrounds as well as caregiver-centered language interventions that promote positive communication and educational outcomes of Latino children from the earliest ages.  Lauren is a nationally-certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has served bilingual children and families in early intervention settings, elementary schools, hospitals, and private practice in both the United States and Mexico. She has been recognized for her work by the Office of Multicultural Affairs of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was selected as an Emerging Scholar by the Bridging the Word Gap National Research Network. She is also Co-Director of the Early Dual Language Development Laboratory ( and an affiliate of the Alliance for Language and Literacy (


Cycyk, L.M. & Hammer, C.S. (in press) Beliefs, values, and practices of Mexican immigrant families towards language and learning in toddlerhood: Setting the foundation for early childhood education. Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Willard, J., Hammer, C.S., Bitetti, D., Cycyk, L.M., & Leyendecker, B. (in press) Maternal depressive symptoms associated with slower growth in children’s Turkish heritage language vocabulary. International Journal of Bilingualism.

Sawyer, B., Cycyk, L.M., Sandilos, L., & Hammer, C.S. (2018). “So many books they don’t even fit on the bookshelf”: An examination of low-income mothers’ literacy practices, beliefs and influencing factors. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.

Sawyer, B.E., Hammer, C.S., Cycyk, L.M., López, L., Blair, C., Sandilos, L., & Komaroff, E. (2016). Preschool teachers' reported beliefs and observed practices with dual language learners. Bilingual Research Journal, 39, 35-49.

Cycyk, L.M., Bitetti, D., & Hammer, C.S. (2015) Maternal depressive symptomatology, social support, and language development of low-income bilingual preschoolers. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 24, 411-425.

Cycyk, L.M., & Iglesias, A. (2015). Parent programs for Latino families with young children: Social, cultural, and linguistic considerations. Seminars in Speech and Language, 36, 143-153.

Sandilos, L.E., Cycyk, L.M., Hammer, C.S., Sawyer, L.B., López, L., & Blair, C. (2015). Depressive symptomatology, control, and climate: An examination of factors impacting teaching quality in prekindergarten classrooms. Early Education and Development, 26, 1111-1127.

Cycyk, L.M., & Wright, H.H. (2008). Frontotemporal dementia: Its definition, differential diagnosis, and management. Aphasiology, 22, 422-444.