Our Research Team
Hope Sparks Lancaster is the Director of the Etiologies of Language and Literacy Laboratory in the Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Dr. Lancaster studies language and literacy development and disorders and is particularly interested in behavioral and genetic overlaps between speech disorders, developmental language disorder, and dyslexia. She also studies language and literacy development in individuals with other conditions, such as cleft palate.
Favorite book(s): American Gods, Green Rider
Mia Haschenburger is the Manager of the Etiologies of Language and Literacy Laboratory. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her B.Sc. at McGill University. Her responsibilities include research coordination, laboratory operations, as well as contributing to manuscript and research grant proposal preparation.
Favorite book(s): The Warlord Chronicles
Ryan Parks is a Research Assistant with an interdisciplinary background, having a B.S. in Physics and an M.A. in Linguistics, both from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Working with the Etiologies of Language and Literacy Laboratory, he transcribes speech sounds, scores and codes data sets, and assists in other sundry research tasks. In his own words, "Transcribing speech sounds makes me very skilled at listening closely to everything you say, while also paying no attention to what you're actually saying."
Favorite book(s): Fahrenheit 451, Dune
Emily Benck is a Research Assistant in the Etiologies of Language and Literacy Lab. Emily is a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders. Her goal is to be a speech-language pathologist. Emily assists with research activities, including phonetic transcription and data analysis.
Favorite book(s): Pride & Prejudice