Patient Care Bio
Robert Pollard, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine where he founded and directs the Deaf Wellness Center (DWC). The DWC is home to numerous initiatives pertaining to mental health, public health, sign language interpreting, and professional education opportunities for deaf people. Dr. Pollard's work has been recognized with many national and international awards and honors. He has been principal investigator on over 40 federal, foundation, regional, and local grants totaling over $5M, has published over 80 articles and book chapters, and produced 15 films in American Sign Language for Deaf audiences.
Dr. Pollard's scholarship interests include psychopathology, psychological testing, sign language interpreting, forensic evaluation, intimate partner violence, and public health issues affecting the deaf population. He is active in several national organizations, especially the American Psychological Association, where he founded a Special Interest Section on Deafness.
|Excellence in Diversity Training Award, Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers
|Larry G. Stewart Award, presented biennially by the Special Interest Section on Deafness of Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association for career achievement in the field of psychology and deafness
|Aegis Award (finalist), honoring the film "My Body, My Responsibility: A Health Education Video for Deaf Women"
|Healthcare Advocacy Award, Health Care Trustees of New York State, honoring the Strong Connections videoconference-based sign language interpreting service
|Marvin J. Hoffman Faculty Mentor Award, University of Rochester School of Medicine.
|National Leadership Award, Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, American Psychological Association
|Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Early Career), American Psychological Association
|John Lewis March Prize in Psychology, Union College, Schenectady, NY.