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

Social Communication Lab

RESEARCH STAFF

Principal Investigator


Pamela Rollins

Dr. Pamela R. Rollins

Pamela R. Rollins, Professor, is a faculty member in the Communication Disorders program within the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Callier Center for Communication Disorders at UTD. She obtained a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Boston University (1981), a master’s of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1983), and a doctorate of education from Harvard University (1994). Dr. Rollins has spent over 30 years dedicated to understanding, identifying, and treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She was a four-time gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Council for Autism and PDD and the lead author on the Robots4Autism social skills curriculum. Her research focuses on defining the social and communication processes necessary for the acquisition of joint attention and true language. Her current project, funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Autism Grants Program is a translational study, evaluating the efficacy in parent-mediated interventions for children at risk for or diagnosed with ASD.

Current Staff


Lab Manager


Sebastian Gajardo

Sebastian Gajardo

Sebastian graduated from Austin College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He has done previous research on Blackland prairie restoration, animal social behaviors, organogelators, and components in cigarettes during his time at Austin College. He plans on attending medical school in the near future.

Benjamin Sloan

Benjamin Sloan

Benjamin graduated from Austin College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He has done previous research on mosquito longevity and nectar preference during his time at Austin College. He plans on attending medical school in the near future.

Meet The Interventionists


Sara Brantley

Sara Brantley, MEd

Sara graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University. 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.

Delayne Phillips

Delayne Phillips, MS, CCC-SLP

Delayne graduated from Texas A&M University in 2013 with a bachelor’s of science in interdisciplinary studies. She completed her masters of science in communication disorders in 2015 at The University of Texas at Dallas. Delayne has 4 years of experience as a Speech and Language Pathologist in Early Intervention and has been working with children on the Autism Spectrum for the past 7 years in various settings.

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.

Clara Schnall

Clara Schnall, CBSW

Clara has been working in the healthcare social work field for several years. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Clara’s particular expertise has been with children, birth to five years old and their families. Her experience has included positions providing direct services, management and program development in both hospital and community-based settings. Prior to her recent relocation to Dallas, she had been working as an early intervention program manager at Southwest Human Development in Phoenix, supporting individual practitioners in their review and assessment of families and their children with special needs.

Doctoral Students


Adrienne De Froy

Adrienne De Froy

Adrienne is currently a doctoral student in the communication sciences and disorders program at UT Dallas. She worked as a speech-language pathologist for about 10 years with a focus on assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Masters Students


Soundarya Daliparthy

Soundarya Daliparthy

Soundarya, or Sound as she’s known in the lab, graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas in Summer of 2019 with a bachelor of science in speech-language pathology and audiology. Sounds work in the lab as a coder has helped further her passion for learning about autism, various intervention strategies, and current research. Soundarya is a part of the UTD Fast Track program and is currently working towards her master’s of science in communication disorders. She plans to graduate in Spring 2021 to begin working as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Scarlett Pollard

Scarlett Pollard

Scarlett graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May 2018 with a bachelor of science in psychology. She has worked in various lab settings helping to further studies on autism and early intervention and spent a year working as a research assistant in Dr. Pamela Rollins’ lab before beginning her master’s coursework at UTD. She is currently pursuing a master of science in communication disorders at UTD while simultaneously working in Dr. Rollins’ lab as a coder. She plans to graduate in Spring 2021 and begin her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Campbell Reid

Campbell Reid

Campbell completed a bachelor of science through the Honors College program at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2019. She graduated with a degree in liberal studies with a concentration in child and family studies. She worked in a special education research lab specializing in mathematics and behavior interventions. Campbell has been published in The Journal of Special Education for an analysis of behavior articles in special education practitioner journals. Her undergraduate thesis used a direct instruction method to teach a third-grade student how to solve word problems. She is currently studying to earn a master of science in communication disorders from UTD and plans to graduate in 2021 as a Speech-Language Pathologist.