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Robert Q. Pollard, Jr., Ph.D.

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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.



PHD | SUNY at Buffalo-School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (USA)

Post-doctoral Training & Residency


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.

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Journal Articles

Mastrocinque JM, Thew D, Cerulli C, Raimondi C, Pollard RQ, Chin NP. "Deaf Victims' Experiences With Intimate Partner Violence: The Need for Integration and Innovation." Journal of interpersonal violence.. 2017 Dec; 32(24):3753-3777. Epub 2015 Sep 13.

Mathos KK, Pollard RQ. "Capitalizing on Community Resources to Build Specialized Behavioral Health Services Together with Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind or Hard of Hearing." Community mental health journal.. 2016 Feb; 52(2):187-93. Epub 2015 Oct 27.

Cerulli, C., Pollard, R. Q Jr., Thew, D., Mastrocinque, J., Smith, C., DeWindt, L., Haynes, S., Kelstone, K. & Chin, N. "What can we learn? Examining intimate partner violence service provision in the Deaf Community." Journal of Community Psychology. 2015; 43(2): 142-155.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Beyond "interesting": Using demand control schema to structure experiential learning
Book Title: In our Hands: Educating Healthcare Interpreters.
Author List: Dean, R. K. & Pollard, R. Q
Edited By: K. Malcolm and L. Swabey
Published By: Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press 2011

Chapter Title: Mental health and deaf adults.
Book Title: Oxford handbook of deaf studies, language, and education,
Author List: Leigh, I. W. & Pollard, R. Q .
Edited By: M. Marschark & P. E. Spencer
Published By: New York: Oxford University Press 2011

Chapter Title: Dialectical behavior therapy for deaf clients: Cultural and linguistic modifications for outpatient mental health settings
Book Title: Psychotherapy with Deaf Clients from Diverse Groups
Author List: O'Hearn, A., Pollard, R. & Haynes, S.
Edited By: I. Leigh
Published By: New York: Oxford University Press 2010