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.


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.


LAB ASSISTANT


Jennifer Mojica

JENNIFER MOJICA

Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She plans on becoming a guidance counselor for high school students in the near future.


RESEARCH CLINICIANS


Sara Brantley

SARA BRANTLEY, MEd, BCBA

Sara has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Houston and a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has been working with children with autism spectrum disorder since the age of 17. Prior to working in research at The University of Texas at Dallas, she worked for early childhood intervention (ECI) services for 15 years.


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 graduated from UTD with her maste’s of science in communication disorders in 2014. Upon graduating, she worked for two years as a bilingual, outpatient Speech and Language Pathologist at Our Children’s House, Dallas. Cristina has worked in the Social Communication Lab, as a graduate student and as a Clinical Trial Researcher since 2016.


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.


Rebecca Sawler

REBECCA SAWLER

Rebecca graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Oswego, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is a graduate student in the Psychological Sciences doctoral program with a focus on Developmental Psychology. Her primary area of interest is in the development of social skills programs for children on the autistic spectrum.


MASTERS STUDENTS


Hannah Trino

HANNAH TRINO

Hannah graduated with a major in biochemistry and a minor in Spanish from the University of Houston. She first became interested in working with children as a research intern for a neurodevelopmental lab in undergrad. She is working as a transcriber for Dr. Rollins’ lab while pursuing a master of science in communication disorders at UTD. She plans to graduate in Spring 2021 to begin her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist.


Natalee Allen

NATALEE ALLEN

Natalee graduated from BYU in Utah in December of 2018. She is currently a second-year master’s student in speech-language pathology at UT Dallas. She works as a coder in Dr. Rollin’s lab, and is interested in autism and studying the new interventions that are available for the communication disorders autistic children face. Natalee will graduate with her master’s degree in Spring 2021, after which she plans to work as a speech-language pathologist.


Hannah Wilson

HANNAH WILSON

Hannah graduated cum laude from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX in December 2018 with a bachelor of arts in Spanish and two minors in linguistics and psychology. She currently works part-time at Children’s Health as a Child Life Assistant, organizing and providing safe and therapeutic playful environments for pediatric patients. Hannah is pursuing a master of science in communication disorders at UTD as well as working as a coder in Dr. Rollins’ lab. She plans to graduate in Spring 2021 to begin her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist.


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.


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT


Leslie Kelly

LESLIE KELLY

Leslie is a current undergraduate student in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, transferring from TWU as a literature major in 2018. She hopes to use this experience to learn how to apply research to clinical treatment and plans to finish her undergraduate degree in 2021 and move on to a master’s program.


ALUMNI


Lisa Greenwald

LISA GREENWALD

Lisa Greenwald is the Chief Executive Officer at Kindering, the largest not-for-profit Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence in Washington State. Lisa holds a PhD in communication sciences and disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas, an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Duke University, and has been a speech-language pathologist since 1997. She holds a governor-appointed seat on the State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) and serves on its executive steering committee. She has published peer-reviewed articles and contributes to research in her field.

Kindering Bellevue | 16120 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008 | www.kindering.org


Carol Trautman

CAROL TRAUTMAN

Carol Trautman, PhD | Texas Education Agency | Autism Coordinator, Division of Special Education
1701 N Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 | 512.463.8859
carol.trautman@tea.texas.gov


Michelle (Neilon) McFarlin

MICHELLE (NEILON) MCFARLIN

Michelle (Neilon) McFarlin, MS, CCC/SLP, is owner and founding director of the Social Communication Connection (SCC), a private practice specializing in early childhood speech-language and social communication disorders. SCC offers comprehensive speech-language evaluations and interdisciplinary autism diagnostic services, as well as individual and small group therapy to facilitate social skills, speech, and language development. Using a whole-child and family-centered approach, we facilitate each child’s highest potential for functional communication across natural contexts.

Social Communication Connection | contact@scc-slp.com | scc-slp.com


Rachel Wehner

RACHEL WEHNER

Rachel graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2005 and from The University of Texas at Dallas with a master’s degree in communication disorders in 2008. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist at the UTD Callier Center for Communication Disorders since completing graduate school, specializing in the assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder and feeding disorders. Since 2014, she has also been a member of the interdisciplinary team that provides diagnostic evaluations for autism spectrum disorder at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.