Robert Q. Pollard, Ph.D.

Robert Q. Pollard, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Excellence in Diversity Training Award, Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers 2007
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 2004
Aegis Award (finalist), honoring the film "My Body, My Responsibility: A Health Education Video for Deaf Women" 2003
Healthcare Advocacy Award, Health Care Trustees of New York State, honoring the Strong Connections videoconference-based sign language interpreting service 2001
Marvin J. Hoffman Faculty Mentor Award, University of Rochester School of Medicine. 1999
National Leadership Award, Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, American Psychological Association 1997
Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Early Career), American Psychological Association 1994
John Lewis March Prize in Psychology, Union College, Schenectady, NY. 1980

Current Appointments

Clinical Professor - Department of Psychiatry (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Clinical Psychology | State University of New York at Buffalo1984
MA | Clinical Psychology | State University of New York at Buffalo1983
BS | Psychology and Biology (double major) | Union College1980