Dr. Pollard chose a career devoted to helping those with communication challenges while undergoing therapy for his own stuttering as a young adult. Dr. Pollard is a life-long person who stutters; he knows firsthand the obstacles faced by those who struggle to say what is inside of them. Drawing from his own journey of recovery, as well as his training and mentorship under several of the top clinicians in the field, he continues to develop and refine comprehensive, effective approaches to treatment.
Unlike many practicing speech therapists, Dr. Pollard remains involved in the academic world. He actively publishes research and clinical writings, presents at professional conferences in the U.S. and abroad, is a peer reviewer for several academic journals, and is a full-time faculty member in the University of Colorado’s Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences department. At CU, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and supervises graduate student clinicians. He has also developed a summer camp for children and teens who stutter called Colorado Speaks. Dr. Pollard uniquely combines a deep knowledge of the research literature and broad clinical expertise with the kind of compassion and empathy for his clients that is gained from first-hand experience living with a communication disorder.
Along with his clinical and academic work, Dr. Pollard also has a passion for training clinicians in comprehensive stuttering therapy and advocating for those who stutter. He leads workshops for SLPs and parents of children who stutter, and is involved with SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young and FRIENDS: The National Association for Young People Who Stutter. In his free time, Dr. Pollard enjoys traveling to faraway places, homebrewing, watching good (and comically bad) films, reading his way through the classics, and spending time with his family and friends.