The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Social Communication Lab


Principal Investigator

Pamela Rollins

Dr. Pamela R. Rollins

Dr. Rollins is an Associate Professor of Communication Disorders at UT Dallas/Callier Center. Dr. Rollins teaches clinical courses which address the assessment and intervention of early social and communicative skills in children on the autism spectrum. Her research focuses on the association between early social-communicative skills and the acquisition of vocabulary, grammar, and narrative in typically developing children and children with autism.

Current Students

Meet The Interventionists

Sara Brantley

Sara Brantley

Sara graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She began working with children on the Autism Spectrum at the age of 17. Sara had a career in Early Intervention for 15 years before working at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Education.

Galite E. Hyams

Galite E. Hyams, MA, CCC-SLP, CAS

Galite has been practicing Speech-Language Pathology for 14 years. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient hospitals, schools, home health, and non-profit clinics. She came to UTD specifically because of her interest in this study and her passion for Early Intervention in autism. Galite speaks Spanish fluently and is proficient in French and Hebrew and has used all languages in clinical settings.

Megan Nauta

Megan Nauta, MS, CCC-SLP

Megan graduated from Texas State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders. She completed her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders in December 2015 at The University of Texas at Dallas. While a graduate student, Megan worked in Dr. Pamela Rollins’ Social Communication Lab as a research assistant on various projects. Megan has been working with young children on the Autism Spectrum for the past three years.

Christina Rangel-Uribe

Christina Rangel-Uribe, MS, CCC-SLP

Cristina completed her undergraduate education, earning a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, at The University of California at San Diego. She has worked with children and young adults on the Autism spectrum over the past 10 years in various settings. Cristina attended The University of Texas at Dallas where she completed her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders in 2014. While enrolled at UTD, she worked on a pilot research study with Dr. Pamela Rollins. She then worked for two years as an outpatient Speech and Language Pathologist at Our Children’s House, Dallas.

Doctoral Students

Shruthi Ravi

Shruthi Ravi, MA, CCC-SLP

Shruthi Ravi is a doctoral student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program. She is an experienced speech language pathologist with clinical skills and knowledge in pediatric speech and language disorders.

Masters Students

Simone Shrell, BA

Whitney Ground, BS

Clare Turner, BS

Sneh Jhaveri, MS

Sereena John, BS

Jessica Spaw, BS

Alexandra Jones, BA

Kassandra Johnson, BA

Eileen Blute, BA

Valeria Guevara

Nicole Tsao, BS

Shelly Gordon, BA

Lab Alumni

Carol Trautman, PhD

UT Dallas, 2009 Dissertation: Early Lexical Acquisition in the Real World: Benefits of Child-Centered and Multimodal Input in the Absence of Coordinated Joint Attention.

Lisa Greenwald, PhD, CCC-SLP

UT Dallas, 2008 Dissertation: The Search for Precursor to Coordinate Joint Attention: Is Affect Attunement Really the Answer?

Emily Kerr, BGS, MS