Edward I. Pollak, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychology

West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Academic Specialties: Animal behavior, biopsychology, sociobiology, behavioral endocrinology, old world chameleons.


S.U.N.Y. at Binghamton                  B.A.     (1968)  Psychology

University of Connecticut              M.A.     (1972)   Experimental Psychology

University of Connecticut              Ph.D.    (1974)   Experimental Psychology

S.U.N.Y. Binghamton                      NIH Postdoctoral Fellow   (1974-1976)  Department of Biological Sciences

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the same wonderful woman since 1969.  We have two children and four beautiful grandchildren.

Click here for some great old and new family photos

Having retired from West Chester University in 2011, I have begun devoting most of my time to my grandchildren, playing bluegrass music (primarily fiddle but also some banjo), fishing, travel, and maintaining my 120 gallon freshwater aquarium. 

Bluegrass Music


I play trumpet, bass fiddle, fiddle, and 5-string banjo.  Although the fiddle is the last instrument I learned to play (I started at age 40) it is also my favorite.  I have played fiddle in various bluegrass and country bands including Prairie Dawg which won the Delaware state  same two competitions I won the Delaware State fiddle championship.  

I am a long-time, active member of the Holmesburg Jam, an open bluegrass and classic country acoustic jam session in the Fox Chase region of Philadelphia.. I am also a regular participant in the Sellersville Jam at the Washington House Restaurant, the Doylestown Jam, Wilmington Jam,  and many others. 

In addition, I maintain web pages of acoustic jam sessions and bluegrass festivals in the region (see the links to the right of this panel).  I also have an extensive e-mail distribution list for my "Delaware Valley Bluegrass Newsletter" to announce upcoming jams, festivals and concerts. To be added to my distribution list just e-mail me and request to be added to the list.  This is NOT a listserv. It's a plain, old fashioned e-mail distribution list.




Jam at "The Stacks" in Bethlehem, PA. Photo courtesy of Steve Simpson


Doc Pollak's Bluegrass Links

Ed's Bluegrass Newsletter

Bluegrass and Acoustic Jams

East Coast Bluegrass Festivals

Luthiers (Stringed Instrument repair)

Philadelphia Area Bluegrass Teachers

Jam Etiquette

Bluegrass Mussic Associations



Beginning with our family fishing trips to Rice Lake, Ontario and Back Lake, New Hampshire, I have been an avid freshwater fisherman.  For the past 20 years our family has enjoyed fishing in the magnificent 1,000 Islands on the New York-Ontario border. More recently my wife and I have enjoyed saltwater angling for tarpon, bonefish and barracuda in the Florida Keys ,  in Homosassa Springs, Florida for redfish, and in central Florida for redfish, speckled trout, largemouth bass and alligator gar. 


     revised 7/1/13