Dr. Pollard’s research focuses in the areas of fluency disorders and neuroscience. His work examines the neural mechanisms of typical and disordered speech motor control, as well as treatment outcomes for persons who stutter (PWS). His outcomes work examines both traditional approaches to therapy, such as intensive service delivery, and less traditional interventions such as electronic devices using altered auditory feedback to improve fluency. Dr. Pollard’s studies utilize a multidimensional approach to analyzing treatment effectiveness. Unlike most historical work in this area, he collects and analyzes measures of affective and cognitive symptoms of stuttering, in addition to more overt, behavioral features of the disorder. Recently, he has been investigating social anxiety in PWS and specific protocols that may alleviate social anxiety in this population. He is also studying therapy preferences for young PWS and exploring/devising group treatment approaches for this population.
fluency disorders, speech-language pathology, stuttering treatment outcomes, neurophysiology of speech motor control