EdD, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Early Social Communication and Autism
CD A 1.24
Pamela R. Rollins, MS, Ed.D, ccc-slp is an associate professor of Communication Disorders at The University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She obtained a Bachelor of Science 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' has dedicated more than 30 years to education, research, teaching and clinical practice towards understanding, identifying and treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (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 individuals with ASD.
Dr. Rollins' has authored numerous articles in peer reviewed journals including "Personal Narratives in Individuals with High-Functioning ASD: A Lens into Social Skills" and several book chapters on pragmatic development in typical children. Most recently she co-authored the Robots4Autism (Robokind) social skills curriculum. Dr. Rollins' new book, Facilitating Early Social Communication Skills: From Theory to Practice, (Autism and Aspergers Press), is now available.
My research focuses on the continuity between early social-communication abilities and the acquisition of language and discourse skills in typically developing children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Of particular interest is the co-construction of joint attention and language within infant-caregiver interactions and during language intervention for children with ASD. I employ a longitudinal research design that uses microanalyses of within-child and between-child development.
Rollins, P. R., Campbell, M., Hoffman, R.T., & Self, K. A Translational Community-Based Early Intervention Program for Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2015). Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice.
Rollins, P.R., (2014). Facilitating Early Social Communication: From Theory to Practice. Autism & Aspergers Publishing Company.
Rollins, P. R. (2014). Narrative Skills in Young Adults With High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 36(1) 21-28.