October 21, 2013For Immediate Release
Boys Town Audiologist to Receive National Honor for Research
OMAHA, NEB. - Ryan McCreery, Ph.D., Director of Boys Town Audiology, will receive the Award for Early Career
Contributions in Research from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) at the
national convention on November 15, 2013, in Chicago, IL.
Dr. McCreery was nominated by Patricia Stelmachowicz, Ph.D., former Director of Boys Town Audiology
and Hearing Amplification Research Lab and Mary Pat Moeller, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Childhood
Deafness, for his career accomplishments in hearing research and clinical audiology.
“This is truly an honor,” said Dr. McCreery. “Boys Town National Research Hospital is the best institution
in which to pursue my life work in hearing research. I am thankful to be here among world-class
scientists and clinicians, who encourage me every day to do what I love.”
The Early Career Contributions in Research Award is awarded to individuals who demonstrate significant
scientific accomplishments within five years of receiving a doctoral degree. Dr. McCreery is the sole
honoree for 2013.
Dr. McCreery earned his Ph.D. in 2011, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His initial research at
Boys Town Hospital confirmed the inaccuracy of using the same standardized measure of audibility for
both children and adults. His innovative research pointed to the need for child-specific measures and
was published in the Journal of Acoustical Society of America.
Dr. McCreery’s current research, Optimizing Speech Recognition in Children with Hearing Loss, examines
performance differences between children with normal hearing and children with hearing loss, in order
to develop strategies to improve speech, language and psychosocial outcomes for children with hearing
“I believe that Dr. McCreery’s innovative lines of investigation will change the ways we optimize
amplification in infants and children with hearing loss, said Dr. Stelmachowicz. “His work has great
significance from both theoretical and clinical perspective.”
Dr. McCreery has published 11 peer-reviewed papers and 9 additions manuscripts related to pediatric
Audiology since 2009. In addition, he has successful competed for grants from the National Institute on
Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD/NIH). This award recognizes his exemplary record
in research, publishing and grantsmanship.
“Ryan McCreery has made stellar contributions to the scientific evidence in pediatric audiology,” said Dr.
Moeller. “He is an exceptional researcher and well-deserving of this great, national honor.”
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Boys Town National Research Hospital is an international leader in research on childhood deafness, vision and communication disorders. For 40 years, Boys Town Hospital has been dedicated to providing leading edge clinical care, pioneering translational research and improving the lives of children and their families through applied technology and educational outreach programs.