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Pollard, Ryan D Clinical Asst Professor


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research overview

  • 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


courses taught

  • SLHS 1010 - Disabilities in Contemporary American Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Addresses the issue that 50 percent of all individuals experience disability in their lifetime. Introduces students to the social, cultural, psychological, economic, political, legal, and health-care issues related to society and individuals with disabilities.
  • SLHS 2010 - Science of Human Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Discusses how human communication (the process by which a thought is transmitted from the brain of a speaker to the brain of a listener) involves a complex interaction of acoustics, anatomy, physiology, neurobiology, and psychology.
  • SLHS 3116 - Speech Science
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Spring 2020
    Provides a basic understanding of the structural organization (anatomy), function (physiology), and neural controls of the structures used to produce speech, swallowing, respiration, and related behaviors in humans. Recommended prerequisite: SLHS 3106.
  • SLHS 4512 - Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides students with an introductory understanding of the causes, characteristics, assessment and treatment of speech disorders including those involving articulation, voice, resonance, and fluency. Examines a variety of disorders including stuttering, speech sound disorders, cleft lip and palate, vocal pathology, as well as dysarthria and apraxia due to stroke, trauma, and progressive neurological diseases.
  • SLHS 5362 - Fluency Disorders
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Exploration of the nature, differential diagnosis and treatment of fluency disorders across the life-span. Students will develop the requisite skills and knowledge base to provide prevention, consultation, assessment and intervention for fluency disorders. Research bearing on affective, behavioral and cognitive components of stuttering will be reviewed, along with recent data on the neural bases of the disorder. A broad range of treatment approaches will be discussed and demonstrated.


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