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Faculty: Ryan Pollard

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Ryan Pollard received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and dual Ph.D.s in Speech-Language Pathology and Neuroscience from the University of Colorado in 2010. His research interests focus in the area of fluency disorders, with an emphasis on neurological mechanisms of stuttering and treatment outcomes for adolescents and adults who stutter. His research and clinical writings have appeared in academic journals, text books, and trade publications, and he has presented at professional conferences in the US and abroad. He teaches graduate courses in fluency disorders and advanced anatomy and physiology, and has taught introductory communication disorders courses at the undergraduate level. Recently, he began a collaborative clinical/research enterprise with the American Institute for Stuttering in Manhattan, a non-profit organization offering treatment to those who stutter and clinical training to speech-language pathologists.

Grants / honors/ fellowships received:

2011, Establishment of a Neurological Research Laboratory for the Study of Stuttering Etiology, Persistence and Recovery, Graduate Research Technology Initiative (GRTI), Lehman College
2007, University of Colorado Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Student Travel Grant
2007, University of Colorado United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) Travel Grant
2006, Convention Waiver for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Miami. Awarded by ASHA Special Interest Divisions to graduate students“receiving the highest Convention Program review scores inspecific topic areas.”
2006, University of Colorado Graduate School Student Travel Grant
2004, Arnold Trust Diversity Fellowship. Awarded by the University of Colorado Graduate School to “underrepresented first-year graduate students who demonstrate high academic promise.”

Publications:

Pollard, R., Finan, D., & Ramig, P. R. (2010). Response to Saltuklaroglu, Kalinowski, and Stuart. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 53, 912-916.

Ramig, P. R. & Pollard, R. (2010). Stuttering and other disorders of fluency. In N. B. Anderson & G. H. Shames (Eds.), Human communication disorders: An introduction, 8th edition (pp. 164-201). New York: Allyn & Bacon.

Pollard, R. (2009). Stuttering and the brain: Contemporary neuroimaging research. In P. Ramig & D. Dodge (authors), The child and adolescent stuttering treatment and activity resource guide, 2nd edition (pp. 105-118). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Pollard, R., Ellis, J. B., Finan, D., & Ramig P. R. (2009). Effects of the SpeechEasy on objective and perceived aspects of stuttering: a six-month, Phase I clinical trial in naturalistic environments. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 52, 516-533.

Ramig, P. R., Ellis, J. B., & Pollard, R. (2009). Application of the SpeechEasy to stuttering treatment: Introduction, background, and preliminary observations. In B. Guitar & R. McCauley (Eds.), Treatment of stuttering: Established and emerging interventions (pp. 310-326). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Pollard, R. & Ellis, J. B. (2008). The SpeechEasy: emerging evidence for interested clinicians and prospective buyers. 11th International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference (ISAD11). Link: www.mnsu.edu/comdis/isad11/papers/pollard11.html.

Ellis, J. B., Pollard, R., Ramig, P. R., & Finan, D. (2007). Collaborative training in neuroscience and communication sciences: University of Colorado offers dual doctoral degree. ASHA Leader, 12(5), 8-9, 22-23.

Pollard, R., Ellis, J. B., Finan, D., & Ramig P. R. (2007). Recent study reports on SpeechEasy use within extra-clinical environments. The Stuttering Foundation newsletter, 16(2), 3, 8

Technical sessions and invited talks:

Pollard, R. & Gilley, P. (2010). Motor preparation preceding stuttered and nonstuttered speech. Paper presented at 2010 Special Interest Division 4 Leadership and Clinical Conference, Tampa.

Pollard, R., Ellis, J. B., Ramig, P. R., & Finan, D. (2007). A longitudinal study of the effects of the SpeechEasy device in naturalistic environments: Final data. Paper presented at 8th World Congress for People Who Stutter, Cavtat, Croatia.

Pollard, R., Ramig, P. R., Ellis, J. B., & Finan, D. (2007). Case study of SpeechEasy use combined with traditional stuttering treatment. Technical session presented at 2007 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Boston.

Pollard, R., Ellis, J. B., Ramig, P. R., & Finan, D. (2006). A longitudinal study of the effects of the SpeechEasy device in naturalistic environments: Preliminary data. Technical session presented at 2006 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Miami.

Presentations:

Ellis, J. B., Pollard, R., Ramig, P. R., & Finan, D. (2007). Effective stuttering management: University of Colorado Support & Practice Group. Poster presented at 2007 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Boston.

Ellis, J. B., Pollard, R., Ramig, P. R., & Dodge, D. (2005). Implementing principles of evidence-based practice into integrated, individualized stuttering intervention. Poster presented at 2005 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, San Diego.

Ellis, J. B., Pollard, R., Ramig, P. R., & Finan, D. (2005). Advantages of a dual communication disorders/neuroscience Ph.D. degree. Poster presented at 2005 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, San Diego.

Pollard, R., Ellis, J. B., & Ramig, P. R. (2005). Examples of misleading claims in stuttering treatment: Research vs. rhetoric. Poster presented at 2005 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, San Diego.

Pollard, R., Ellis, J. B., Ramig, P. R., & Dodge D. (2005). Neurological stuttering research: A review and reinterpretation. Poster presented at 2005 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, San Diego.

Pollard, R., Ellis, J. B., & Ramig, P. R. (2004). Buyer beware: A qualitative analysis of stuttering treatments found on the Internet. Poster presented at 2004 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia.

Pollard, R., & Ramig, P. R. (2004). Integrating stuttering modification and fluency shaping therapies: A single-case study. Poster presented at 2004 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia.

Courses taught:

SPE 717: Advanced Anatomy, Physiology, and Neurology of Speech
SPE 723: The Nature, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Fluency Disorders
SPE 247: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

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