Robert Stillman

Professor and Program Head - Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Tags: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Psychology
Syracuse University - 1969
B.S. - Psychology
Union College, Schenectady, New York - 1964

Research Areas

Research Interests

My research relates to the cognitive and interpersonal factors influencing communicative development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD.) The work is primarily qualitative and explores sources of diversity in preverbal and early verbal skills. An on-campus preschool program for children with ASD, staffed by graduate students, serves as a laboratory for observational and intervention studies.

Publications

Rowland, C., Stillman, R., and Mar, H, (In press). Assessing young children with deafblindness.  AER Journal: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness. In press - Publication
Chen, D., Rowland, C., Stillman, R., Mar, H. (2009). Authentic practices for assessing the communication skills of young children with sensory impairments and multiple disabilities. Early Childhood Services: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Effectiveness. 3, 323-338. 2009 - Publication
Chen, D., Mar, H., Rowland, C. & Stillman, R. (2009)  Assessing Communication and Learning in Young Children who are Deafblind or Have Multiple Disabilities.  Oregon Health and Sciences Center. Portland, OR. 2009 - Publication
Aldridge, M.A., Stillman, R.D., & Bower, T.G.R. (2001). Newbom categorization of vowel-like sounds. Developmental Science, 4, 219-232. 2001 - Publication
Stillman, R., Snow, R., & Warren, K. (1999). AI used to be good with kids.@ Encounters between speech-language pathology students and children with PDD. In: D. Kovarsky, J. Duchan, & M. Maxwell (Eds.), The Social Construction of Language Incompetence. Hillside, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 1999 - Publication
Yellin, W. M. & Stillman, R.D. (1999). Otoacoustic emissions in nonnal-cycling females. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 10, 400-408. 1999 - Publication
Stillman, R., Williams, C., & Linam, A. (1997). Communications directed to students with severe and profound disabilities. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. 12,130-141. 1997 - Publication
Prickett, G.L., Perrault, S., Stillman, R. D., Linam, A., and Williams, C. (1995). Deaf-blindness and communication. In: K.M. Huebner, J .G. Prickett, T.R. Welch, and E. Joffee (Eds.). Hand in Hand (pp. 61-90). New York: AFB Press. 1995 - Publication
Crimmens, D., Gothelf C.R., Rowland, C., Stillman, R. D., Linam, A., and Williams, C. (1995). Basic concepts of communication. In: K.M. Huebner, J .G. Prickett, T.R. Welch, and E. Joffee (Eds.). Hand in Hand (pp. 159-184). New York: AFB Press. 1995 - Publication
Stillman, R.D. (1994). Communication. ln: J. Reiman (Ed.), Proceedings of the National Symposium on Children and Youth with Deaf Blindness (pp. 129-139). Momnouth, OR: TRACES. 1994 - Publication

Appointments

Program Head
The University of Texas at Dallas [2005–Present]
Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1996–Present]
Associate Dean
The University of Texas at Dallas [1992–Present]
Director
The University of Texas at Dallas [1985–Present]
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1979–1996]
Consultant
The University of Texas at Dallas [1979–1984]
Program Head
The University of Texas at Dallas [1978–Present]
Assistant to the Dean
The University of Texas at Dallas [1977–1978]
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1973–1979]
Director of Research
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School [1972–1976]

Projects

Qualitative changes seen in young children with characteristics of ASD.
2018–2018 Stillman. R., LaRue, E., & Estrov, E. (2007).   American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Boston, MA.
Factors affecting student clinician confidence with children with PDD.
1997–1997 Stanland, K., Cook, A., Owen, A., & Stillman, R. D. (1997). American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boston, MA.
Reciprocity in interactions with young children.
1995–1995 Linam, Angela C. and Stillman, Robert D. (1995). American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Orlando, FL.
V Early childhood autism spectrum profile.
2002–2002 Stillman, R.D., Neilon, M., McGlothlin, J .H., Killeen, H.D., Henderson, K. (2002).Ameiican Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Atlanta, GA.
Qualitative changes seen in young children with characteristics of ASD.
2018–2018 Stillman. R., LaRue, E., & Estrov, E. (2007). American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Boston, MA.

Additional Information

Thesis Chaired
  • Christy W. Battle. M.S. in Special Education, 1981. Thesis title: Teacher responsiveness to the communicative expressions of their severely handicapped students.
Assessment Instruments
  • Stillman, R., Neilon, M., & McGlothlin, J. (2005). Callier Early Childhood Autism Spectrum Profile (CIDS)-R
  • Stillman, R. Neilon, M., McGlothlin, J., & Dauphinee, H. (2001). Callier Early Childhood Autism Spectrum Profile.
  • Stillman, R.D. and Williams, C. (1990). Assessing teacher efforts to regain attention. Teacher training and video coding manual.
  • Stillman, R.D. and Williams, C. (1990). Assessing the effects of teacher communications. Teacher training video coding manual.
  • Stillman, R.D. and Williams, C. (1990). Assessing forms and intentions of teacher communications. Teacher training video coding manual.
  • Stillman, R. and Battle, C. (1985). Callier-Azusa Scale, H-Edition (revised). University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Stillman, R. and Battle, C. (1983). Callier-Azusa Scale, H-Edition. University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Stillman, R.D. (Ed.) (1978). The Callier-Azusa Scale (G). The University of Texas at Dallas. (Also translated into Chinese, French, Spanish, and Portugese).
  • Stillman, R.D. (Ed.). (1977). The Callier-Azusa Scale (F). The University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Stillman, R.D. (Ed.) (1975). The Callier-Azusa Scale. Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Dallas.
  • Stillman, R.D. (Ed.) (1974). The Callier-Azusa Scale. Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Dallas.
Dissertations Chaired
  • Behroze Vachha, Ph.D in Human Development and Communication Sciences, 2002. Dissertation title: Language differences in children with myelomeningocele and shrmted hydrocephalus.
  • Angela C. Linam, Ph.D. in Human Development and Communication Sciences, 1997. Dissertation title: Reciprocity in interactions with children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
  • Michelle Aldridge, Ph.D. in Human Development and Commrmication Sciences, 1997. Dissertation title: Ontology of the vowel space.
  • Wende Yellin, Ph.D. in Human Development and Commtmication Sciences, 1995, Dissertation title: Otoacoustic emissions in normal cycling females.
  • Robin Alvares. Ph.D. in Htunan Development and Communication Sciences, 1993. Dissertation title: Mothers' use of and preverbal infants' responses to signals of communicative failure.
  • Carolyn J. Semmler. Ph.D. in Communication Disorders, 1984. Dissertation title: Brainstem auditory evoked potentials in very low birth weight neonates with intracranial hemorrhage.
  • Noel K. Marshall. Ph.D. in Communication Disorders, 1981. Dissertation title: Circadian variations in the auditory brainstem response and its relationship to oral temperature.

Funding

Validation of Evidence-Based Assessment Strategies to Promote Achievement in Children who are Deaf-Blind.
$190,000 - U.S. Department of Education [2004–2009]
Enhancing the effectiveness of communicative interactions.
$372,261 - U.S. Department of Education [1989–1992]
Procedures for evaluating and enhancing information exchange between service providers persons who are deaf-blind.
$396,371 - U.S. Department of Education [1986–1989]
Procedures for the assessment of communicative exchanges between deaf-blind persons and others.
$153,500 - U.S. Department of Education [1985–1987]
Frequency following potentials in humans.
$29,369 - NINCDS Research Grant [1979–1981]