College of Education and Health Professions
Associate Professor of Audiology and Speech Pathology
Dr. Clifford Franklin is an associate professor in the UALR Audiology and Speech Pathology Department. He has significantly contributed to the field of audiology and works closely with students on their own research projects.
Dr. Franklin has made significant contributions the literature on three interrelated areas important to audiologists, which include acceptance of background noise, comparisons of auditory stimuli, and assistive listening technology. In 2014, he was honored for contributions to scholarship, and he received the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Research Award for Distinguished Service in Audiology Research. Franklin has also consistently expanded on the work of Dr. Anna Nabelek at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in the development of an auditory test called the Acceptable Noise Level. He started work on this project as a Ph.D student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and has continued his research and efforts in trying to better understand the underpinnings of the test and its ability to predict outcomes for hearing aid users.
In addition to these contributions, he has also published eight peer reviewed journals, two abstracts, and nine non-peer reviewed publications. On top of his publications, Dr. Franklin has also presented 37 national presentations at notable conferences such as American Academy of Audiology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Auditory Society, and the Acoustical Society of American. He has also been the recipient of more than $46,000 in research funding, $36,310 as the primary investigator.
Dr. Clifford Franklin has a B.S. in Secondary Education in Mathematics and M.A in Communication Disorders in Audiology, all from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Tennessee.