Karen Pollock, PhD, CCC-SLP, R.SLP
PhD - Speech-Language Pathology - Purdue University
MA - Speech-Language Pathology - University of Oregon
MA - Linguistics - 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 in AAC Camp Alberta. She also supervises student research projects and theses in the masters and doctoral programs.
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.
A variety of topics will be offered. Students can register in this for credit toward the MScSLP requirement of 1 credit in elective coursework.
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.