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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 (