Karen Pollock, PhD, CCC-SLP, R.SLP

Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders


Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders
(780) 492-7855
3-81 Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4



PhD - Speech-Language Pathology - Purdue University
MA - Speech-Language Pathology - University of Oregon
MA - LinguisticsĀ - University of Oregon
BA - Linguistics - University of Oregon

Registered Speech-Language Pathologist, Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Dr. Pollock is the Director and Co-Founder of AAC Camp Alberta, an annual weekend family camp for children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and their families, offered through a partnership between the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and March of Dimes Canada.


Dr. Pollock's current research interests include:

  • speech development in children learning a second language
  • speech-language acquisition in children adopted internationally (e.g., China, Haiti, and Ethiopia)
  • vowel errors produced by young children with and without speech sound disorders
  • outcomes for campers, parents, siblings, and counselors participating in AAC Camp Alberta


Dr. Pollock teaches a graduate course in the MScSLP program on children's phonological (speech sound) development and disorders and an elective module for graduate students in speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy who participate inĀ AAC Camp Alberta. She also supervises student research projects and theses in the masters and doctoral programs.


CSD 507 - Phonological Disorders

Study of the nature, assessment and remediation of speech sound disorders in children. Practical experience in assessment and remediation will be provided through video observation and laboratory experiences. (Restricted to MScSLP students only.) Not open to students with credit in SPA 507.

CSD 570 - Elective

A variety of topics will be offered. Students can register in this for credit toward the MScSLP requirement of 1 credit in elective coursework.

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Speech Development in Bilingual School Children

2017 to 2023

This project explores the development of speech sounds (consonants, vowel, tones, stress patterns) in 150 children who are enrolled in Grades 1, 3, or 5 of a Mandarin-English bilingual elementary school program in Edmonton, Alberta.  Using detailed phonetic transcription, acoustic analysis, and native listener perceptions, the project aims to profile the children's speech patterns and explore the role of experience (home language exposure; quantity and quality of input at school) on second language speech learning. The project is part of a larger project exploring speech development in children learning a minority language in Alberta, funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), PI: Dr. Fangfang Li, University of Lethbridge. Co-Investigators: Dr. Karen Pollock, University of Alberta, Dr. Yvan Rose, Memorial University, and Dr. Andrea MacLeod, University of Alberta. Trainees:  Youran Lin, MScSLP/PhD student.

Featured Publications

Vowel development and disorders

Pollock, K.E., & Stoel-Gammon, C. (in press)

In Nicole Müller, Martin J. Ball, & Liz Spencer (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Linguistics (2nd Edition). Routledge. 2024 January;

Lin, Y., Li, F., MacLeod, A.A.N., & Pollock, K.E.

Frontiers in Psychology. 2023 June; 14 (1125157):1-12 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1125157

MacLeod, A.A.N., & Pollock, K.E.

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 2020 December; 22 (6):611-613 10.1080/17549507

Li, F., Pollock, K.E., & Gibb, R. (Editors)

John Benjamins. 2020 October; Volume 10 of the Bilingualism Processing and Acquisition Series 10.1075/bpa.10

Pollock, K.E.

In In F. Li, K.E. Pollock, & R. Gibb (Eds), Child Bilingualism and Second Language Learning: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, John Benjamins . 2020 October; Volume 10 of the Bilingualism Processing and Acquisition Series 10.1075/bpa.10.10pol

Chung, H., & Pollock, K.E.

Folia Phoniatrica & Logopaedica. 2019 January; 000504250

Chung, H., Farr, K., & Pollock, K.E.

Journal of Communication Disorders. 2019 January; 80 (July-Aug):18-34