Pamela Rollins

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

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Psycholinguisitics
Harvard University - 1994
M.S. - Communication Disorders
University of Wisconsin - 1983
B.S. - Speech Pathology and Audiology
Boston University - 1981

Research Areas

Research Interests
Dr. Rollins' research focuses on the association among emotional regulation, early social-communicative skills and the acquisition of joint attention and language in typically developing children and children with autism. Her research lends empirical support to social-pragmatic theories of language as well as social-pragmatic intervention models for children with autism (Rollins & Snow, 1998; Rollins, 1999; Rollins, 2003; Trautman & Rollins, 2006; Greenwald & Rollins, 2008).

Publications

Rollins, P.R. (2009). Developmental Pragmatics. In L. Coummings (Ed). Pragmatics Encyclopedia, Routledge 2009 - Publication
Trautman, C.H., & Rollins, P.R. (2006) Child-centered behaviors of caregivers with 12-month-old infants: Associations with passive joint engagement and later language. Journal of Applied Pycholinguistics. 27, 447-463 2006 - Publication
Rollins, P. R., (2003) Caregiver Contingent Comments and Subsequent Vocabulary Comprehension. Applied Psycholinguisticsg, 221-234. 2003 - Publication
McDonnell, S. A., Rollins, P. R., & Friel-Patti, S. (2003) Patterns in maternal/child discourse behaviors across repeated storybook readings. Applied Pycholinguistics, 24, 324-341. 2003 - Publication
Spence, M. Rollins, P. R., Jerger, S., (2002). Recognizing Famous Cartoon Voices: Development from Childhood to Adulthood. Journal of Speech, Hearing, and Language Research. 45 2002 - Publication
Moller, A., R., & Rollins, P.R.. (2002). The non-classical auditory pathways are involved in hearing in children but not in adults. Neuroscience Letters. 319, 41 44. 2002 - Publication
Rollins, P. R., McCabe, A., & Bliss, L. (2000). Assessment of narrative skills in children. Seminars in speech and language - Situating Language Assessment: Influences from the past, directions for the future. 21, 223-234. 2000 - Publication
Rollins, P. R. (1999). Pragmatics in early interactions. In Edition du Centre National de Suresnes, The development of communication: Co-construction of shared meaning and the development of first vocabularies. (Deaf Blind International Publication). Paris, France. Published in English, French and Spanish. 1999 - Publication
Rollins, P. R. (1999). Early pragmatic accomplishments and vocabulary development in preschool children with Autism. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology: A Journal of Clinical Practice, 8, 85-94. 1999 - Publication
Nicolas, J. G., Geers, A. E., & Rollins, P. R. (1999). Inter rater reliability as a reflection of ambiguity in communication of deaf and normally hearing children. Journal of Communication Disorders, 32, 121- 134. 1999 - Publication

Appointments

Special Faculty Appointment
Southwestern Medical School [2006–Present]
Head
The University of Texas at Dallas [2003–Present]
Associate Professor (tenure)
The University of Texas at Dallas [2000–Present]
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1994–2000]
Speech/ Language Pathologist
Braintree Hospital Pediatric Center, Braintree, MA [1990–1994]
Teaching Fellow
Harvard Graduate School of Education [1989–1990]
Research Assistant
Harvard Graduate School of Education [1988–1994]
Speech/ Language Pathologist
Brighton Early Intervention Program, Brighton, MA [1985–1987]
Speech/ Language Pathologist
Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital, Providence, RI [1984–1985]

Projects

Language performance of children with cochlear implants.
1997–1997 Simpson, A., Rollins, P. R., & Tobey, E., Poster presented the American Speech and Hearing Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA. November, 1997.
Mother-child interactions in cochlear implanted children.
1996–1996 Simpson, A., Tobey, E., & Rollins, P. R., Poster presented at the American Speech and Hearing Association Annual Convention, Seattle, WA. November, 1996.
Patterns in maternal/child discourse behaviors across repeated storybook readings.
2001–2001 McDonnell, S. A., Rollins, P. R., & Friel-Patti, S. Poster presented to Society for Research in Child Development, Biennial Meeting, Mineapolis, MI April, 2001.
Joint attention as a therapeutic technique for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
1997–1997 Rollins, P. R., Reese, P. B., Dowell, D., & Mathues, L.. H., Paper presented at the Texas Speech and Hearing Association Annual Convention, Austin, TX. April, 1997.
Pragmatic contributions to lexical development.
1998–1998 Rollins, P. R., & Marchman, V. A., Poster presented to International Conference on Infant Studies, Atlanta, GA. April, 1998.

Additional Information

Professional Recognition
  • Faculty Development Leave, Spring 2005
  • Callier Scholar, 2004-2005
  • Callier Scholar, 2001-2002
  • American Speech and Hearing Foundation First Investigator Award, 1995
  • Qualifying paper passed with distinction, Harvard University, 1990
Certifications and Licenses
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1984 - present
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, TX State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Professional Service
  • Editorial consultant for Applied Psycholinguistics (Journal)
  • Editorial consultant for American Journal of Sgeech Language Pathology (Journal)
  • Editorial consultant for Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research (Journal)
  • Editorial consultant for Journal of Child Language (Journal)
  • Editorial consultant for Linguistics: An Interdisciglinagg Journal of Language Sciences (Journal)
  • Editorial consultant for Child Development (Journal)
  • Editorial consultant for International Journal of Communication Disorders (Journal)
  • Reviewer, Thinking Publication Press, 1999
  • Reviewer, Language Learning Small Grants Program (Grants program) 1999-2000
  • Reviewer, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Faculty of Health Science MSc. in Speech and Language Pathology thesis.
  • Expert Witness on Autism and Aspergers Syndrome, Kenndale Independent School District, TX. 1999
  • Communications consultant for children with autism, Lewisville school district, Lewisville, TX, 1996
  • Communications consultant for children with autism, Madison, Wl, 1998
  • Communications consultant for children with autism, Oakhill School of Dallas, 1999
  • Communications consultant for children with autism, New York, NY, 2003
  • Head, Early Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2003 - present

News Articles

Gov. Rick Perry Appoints BBS Professor to State's Autism Panel
Gov. Rick Perry has selected Dr. Pamela Rollins of UT Dallas’ School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences to serve another two-year term on the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.The council recommends public policy changes and allocations to the Texas Legislature and state agencies regarding the needs of people with autism and other developmental disorders and their families. Rollins was first appointed to the panel in 2008. She was previously co-chairwoman of the Texas Act Early strategic planning committee and the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders strategic planning committee. That group’s efforts resulted in the 2010-2014 Texas State Plan for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She is now working on a grant between the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and UT Dallas on behalf of the council. Rollins, an associate professor of communication sciences and a licensed speech-language pathologist, teaches and conducts research primarily at the Callier Center for Communications Disorders. Her current research focuses on early indicators of autism and social communication skills in individuals with autism.
Governor Appoints Professor to Texas Autism Council
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Dr. Pam Rollins, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, to serve on the Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. The council, which was established in 1987, makes recommendations to the Legislature and state agencies to coordinate resources to meet the needs of people with autism and pervasive developmental disorders and their families. Rollins will serve through Feb. 1, 2010. The appointment complements Rollins’ 25 years of clinical and research experience in the area of social communication and autism. She is the founder and director of the Early CLASS (Communication, Language and Social Skills) at the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders. The Early CLASS is a classroom-based program for children between the ages of 2 ½ and 5 who are on the autism spectrum.
Professor Receives Grant for Study of Autism Intervention Program
A UT Dallas researcher has been awarded a grant from the State of Texas to evaluate an early intervention program for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that could change the way the state administers early intervention for these children. 
The grant — for more than $980,000 —  is for research on a community-based program for toddlers called Pathways Early Autism Intervention Program. 

“Our previous study has shown that Pathways is a very effective model for supporting young children diagnosed on the autism spectrum,” said Dr. Pamela Rollins, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. “Now we will take a closer look at the program and one of its specific components — eye contact.” 
Robots Help Teach Social Skills to Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Robots and humans socialize frequently in pop fiction — think of Wall-E and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now, a UT Dallas researcher is giving the fantasy of robotic friends a practical edge with a robot that teaches social skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Dr. Pamela Rollins, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, explained that individuals with ASD often have social anxiety. Learning social interactions via a less threatening interface — a robot — may help patients better identify emotions and use specific social skills with humans, like holding a conversation.

Affiliations

Under Graduate Honors Thesis Supervised and Completed
Stacy Hoyer, Communication Disorders, December, 1998. Judith L. Paterson, Interdisciplinary Studies, August, 1998. Communication lost. Jennifer Hwang, Developmental Psycho|0QV. December, 1997. Sensorimotor functioning and understanding others as social means-ends as predictors of communicative intentions and word production in autism. Ellen M. Ayers, Communication Disorders, December, 1997. The form and function of communication in preschool children with autism. Amanda Owen, Communication Disorders, December, 1997. Strategies for communication and skiII-based activities.
Professional Affiliations
Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1978 - present
Doctoral advisement
Dissertation Committees Angela Linum, Human Development & Communication Sciences, Graduate Fall, 1997. Angela Vaughn, Human Development & Communication Sciences, Graduated Summer, 1999. Gloria Olness, Human Development & Communication Sciences, Graduated Spring, 2000 Sue McDonald, Human Development & Communication Sciences, Graduated Spring, 2000 Trish Hess, Human Development & Communication Sciences, Graduated Fall, 2000 Lisa Greenwald: Social Cognitive Bases for Early Language Development; Affect Attunement and Joint Attention Between Mothers and Infants (in progress) Kim Debarres: Book-reading as an Intervention Context for Preschool Children with Language Impairment (in progress) Kimberly C. Doyle - UT Southwestern, Developing & Evaluating the Efficacy of Delivering Psychoeducational Individual Interventions to Ovarian Cancer Patients: A Two Phase Study (in progress) First-Year Research Completed Kim Debarres- The Use of Language Facilitation Techniques in the Context of Book-Reading with Children with Language Impairment Carol Trautman - Child-centered behaviors of caregivers in their interactions with 12-month-old infants: Relationships to joint-engagement and later language Literature Reviews Carol Trautman

Funding

Cerebellar Anatomic and Functional Connectivity in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
$627,000 - NIH [2006–2006]
DV Format Data Collection
$3,800 - Callier Center Grant [2001–2002]
The UTD Human Development Language and Communication Data Base
$3,600 - Faculty Research Initiative Award [1999–1999]
The social bases of communication: A longitudinal study.
$11,650 - Timberlawn Foundation [1998–2000]
The UTD Human Development Language and Communication Data Base
$3,600 - Faculty Research Initiative Award [1998–1998]