Pamela R Rollins, Associate Professor, is a faculty member in the Communication Disorders program within the School of Behavior and Brain Sciences at UTD/Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She obtained a bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Boston University (1981), a Masters of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1983) and a Doctorate of Education from Harvard University (1994). She was a recipient of the American Speech Language and Hearing Foundation's First Investigators award (1995) and twice named Callier Scholar (2001 and 2004) Dr. Rollins' recent book Early Communication, Language & Social Skills: From Theory to Practice is a culmination of her 30+ years dedicated to understanding, identifying and treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is a four time gubernatorial appointed member of the Texas Council for Autism and PDD, and holds leadership positions on many of the Texas' early identification and intervention planning and implementation initiatives for ASD.
Dr. Rollins early research focused on the critical evaluation of language measures and the development of new communication tools that could be used with typical children and children with ASD. She uses these tools to define learning and communication processes associated with acquisition of social communication and language. Her current focus is on developing and evaluating interventions for children at risk for and diagnosed with ASD. In addition, she works with a team of autism experts and robotics designers to create Robots4Autism and conducts research to understand the effects of Robots on communication skills in children with ASD.
Pamela is a native New Englander who has spent the last 20 years living in Dallas, Texas. She is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, one of the largest Reform Congregations in North America.