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

Pamela R. Rollins


Research Interests

Evaluating intervention programs and defining learning and social communication processes in individuals with autism spectrum disorders

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-3153
Office: CD_A124
Campus Mail Code: CD10
Website: Social Communication Lab


Dr. Pamela Rollins is leading research in developmental pragmatics, early social communication and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her current research focuses on the effectiveness of Pathways Early Autism Intervention, a community-based, parent-mediated, behavioral and developmental intervention for young children with ASD. Pathways was found effective for the measures of social engagement and verbal reciprocity in toddlers with ASD. These intervention findings are consistent with her work in developmental pragmatics and the relationship between shared attention on language development in typically developing children and children with ASD. Dr. Rollins was a four time gubernatorial appointee on the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders; she earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University, her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and her doctorates from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications


Rollins, P.R., (2014). Facilitating Early Social Communication: From Theory to Practice. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism & Aspergers Publishing Company.

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Rollins, P. R., De Froy, A., Campbell, M., & Hoffman, R. T. (2020). Mutual Gaze: An Active Ingredient for Social Development in Toddlers with ASD: A Randomized Control Trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-020-04672-4.

Rollins, P. R., John, S., Jones, A., & De Froy, A. (2019). Pathways Early ASD Intervention as a 2018 Moderator of Parenting Stress on Parenting Behaviors: A Randomized Control Trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 49(10), 4280-4293. doi: 10.1007/s10803-019-04144-4.

Rollins, PR. (2018). Setting the stage: Creating a social pragmatic environment for toddlers with ASD and their caregivers. Revista de Logopedia, Foniatría y Audiología 38, 14-23.

Rollins, PR. (2017). Pathways Early Intervention Program for Toddlers with Autism. Journal of Mental Health & Clinical Psychology 1(1): 14-18.

Rollins, P. R. (2016). Words are not enough: Providing the context for social communication and interaction. Topics in Language Disorders, 36 (3), 198-216.

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