Gerard Poll

Gerard (Trace) Poll

Gerard (Trace) Poll, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor and Department Chair
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

B.A., The University of Chicago; M.B.A., The University of Chicago; M.S, The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University; Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology

Prior to joining the faculty at Elmhurst College in 2012, Dr. Poll was a pre-doctoral fellow at The Pennsylvania State University and worked as a speech-language pathologist in medical rehabilitation and school settings, with primarily pediatric populations. Prior to entering the field of communication sciences and disorders, he held a range of management positions at financial services and consulting firms.

He teaches courses in language disorders, research methods and speech science. Dr. Poll’s research is focused on developmental language and literacy disorders with a focus on adolescents and young adults. His studies have explored effective assessment of language impairment, cognitive and linguistic factors associated with language impairment, and functional effects of language impairment. He has also studied late talking and the relations of early language abilities to language impairment in grade school.

Dr. Poll’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health. He has presented his research at meetings of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders. He has published studies, with collaborators, in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing ResearchLanguage, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools; the International Journal of Language and Other Communication DisordersLearning and Individual Differences; and the Journal of Communication Disorders.

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