Our Researchers

The ALL team is comprised of leading experts from a variety of research fields spanning from early intervention and special education up through education methodology and policy.


Gina Biancarosa, EdD

Gina Biancarosa is the Ann Swindells Chair in Education and a professor in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences. She also works at the Center for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Biancarosa’s research interests encompass measurement of reading processes, reading comprehension and meta-representational skill and development, heterogeneity of reading difficulties among grade 4-12 struggling readers, and the measurement and effects of literacy professional development for teachers and coaches. She is a lead developer of DIBELS 8th Edition and MOCCA, an innovative measure of inferencing in reading.

Learn more about Gina!

Watch a video about her research: MOCCA

Email: ginab@uoregon.edu

Erin Chaparro, PhD

Erin Chaparro is currently the co-principal investigator of the Oregon Scaling Up Effective Behavior and Instructional Schoolwide Systems (EBISS). Oregon Scaling Up EBISS is an Office of Special Education Programs funded State Personnel Development Grant awarded to the Oregon Department of Education. The EBISS teaming framework is providing a national model for the blending of behavior and academic data-based decision making within a tiered system of support. Dr. Chaparro has worked with state departments of education across the country (i.e. South Dakota, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming, and Colorado) on the topic of effective and explicit instruction and assessment for at-risk learners. She has worked as a school psychologist, a special education teacher, and a school counselor.

Learn more about Erin!

Email: echaparr@uoregon.edu

Lauren M. Cycyk, PhD

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.

Learn more about Lauren!

Email: lcycyk@uoregon.edu

Stephanie DeAnda, PhD

Stephanie De Anda, PhD CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in Communication Disorders and Sciences at the University of Oregon. Professor De Anda is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a Latina scholar and has published scientific articles focused on single and dual language learning infants and toddlers in Mexico, the US, and Canada. She has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and awarded the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year in 2018 by the International Congress for Infant Studies. She co-directs the Early Dual Language Development Lab made up of a cross-disciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students. The lab collaborates with colleagues in Education, Linguistics, Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Learn more about Stephanie!

Email: lduran@uoregon.edu

Lillian Durán, PhD

Lillian Durán is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences and serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Education. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota and her research is focused on improving instructional and assessment practices with preschool-aged dual language learners (DLLs). She teaches graduate coursework in early literacy and early childhood special education.

Learn more about Lillian!

Email: lduran@uoregon.edu

Beth Harn, PhD 

Beth Harn is an associate professor in special education who teaches graduate-level courses in special education and school psychology, including Design of Instruction, History of Special Education,  and Introduction to Learning Disabilities. She has previously taught classes on educational assessment and systems level academic interventions. She has expertise in early literacy assessment, instruction, and intervention development and implementation.

Learn more about Beth!

Email: bharn@uoregon.edu

Sylvia Linan-Thompson, PhD 

Sylvia Linan-Thompson is an associate professor at the University of Oregon in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences and is affiliated with the Center on Teaching and Learning. Her primary research interests are examining appropriate instructional and assessment practices for English learners. She was previously at The University of Texas. She also works on international development projects in education and has collaborated with the World Bank, UNESCO, and the US Agency for International Development on education projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia.

Learn more about Sylvia!

Email: sthomps5@uoregon.edu

Audrey Lucero, PhD

Audrey Lucero is an associate professor whose work broadly investigates the experiences of Spanish-speaking Latin@s with the U.S. public school system. Three specific strands of inquiry guide her current research agenda: 1) oral language and reading achievement among young Spanish-English emergent bilingual children; 2) dual language immersion education programs as venues for biliteracy development and community empowerment; and 3) the experiences of Latin@ undergraduate students at predominantly White state universities. She has presented at national and international conferences, and her work has been published in Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Linguistics and Education, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Child Development and elsewhere.

Learn more about Audrey!

Email: alucero@uoregon.edu

Marilyn Nippold, PhD

Marilyn A. Nippold, PhD, CCC-SLP is an internationally-known scholar in adolescent language development and disorders, with particular expertise in the areas of language sampling, complex syntax, critical thinking, and word learning. A professor of Communication Disorders and Sciences at the University of Oregon, Nippold is a former public school Speech-Language Pathologist and serves on the Editorial Board of Child Language Teaching and Therapy, an international research journal.

Learn more about Marilyn!

Email: nippold@uoregon.edu

Ilana Umansky, PhD

Ilana Umansky’s work focuses on quantitative and longitudinal analysis of the educational opportunities and outcomes of immigrant students, emerging bilingual students, and students classified in school as English learners (ELs). She studies EL course-taking and access to core academic content, the effects of the EL classification system, and how educational outcomes vary for students in different linguistic instructional environments. She is currently collaborating with school districts in San Francisco and Salem and the Oregon Department of Education as they work to improve educational opportunities for their ELL students. Prior to getting her Ph.D. at Stanford University in Sociology of Education and Race, Inequality and Language in Education, Umansky worked in educational equity and quality research in Nicaragua, Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, and other countries in Latin America. Her work has been awarded by the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the American Educational Research Association’s Bilingual Education Special Interest Group.

Learn more about Ilana!

Email: ilanau@uoregon.edu