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Pamela R. Rollins

Communication and science Disorders
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, UT Dallas
United States of America


Dr. Pamela Rollins is leading research in developmental pragmatics, early social communication and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her recent research has focused on the effectiveness of (1) a humanoid robot with whom children with ASD were more engaged than with a human co-therapist; and (2) Pathways Early Autism Intervention, a community-based, parent-mediated, behavioral and developmental intervention. Pathways was found effective for the behavioral measures of eye contact, social engagement, and verbal reciprocity in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. These intervention findings are consistent with her work in developmental pragmatics and the relationship between shared attention on language development in typically developing children and children with ASD. Dr. Rollins serves as secretary to the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders and holds leadership positions on many of the Texas’ early identification and intervention planning and implementation initiatives for individuals with ASD. Dr. Rollins earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University, her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and her EdD from Harvard University.

Research Interest

Child language from a longitudinal and processing perspective, specifically bilingual language development in typically developing children and those with language impairments.

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