College of Education and Health Professions
Assistant Professor of Audiology and Speech Pathology
Dr. Samuel Atcherson’s research focuses on how the auditory system processes simple and complex sounds using non-invasive, objective brain-recording techniques. Dr. Atcherson himself has had a longstanding profound hearing loss since early childhood. His personal experiences with hearing loss, hearing aid amplification, and cochlear implants have informed his research and clinical inquiries about how hearing loss, aging, and various auditory disorders negatively impact the perception of sound.
Dr. Atcherson has produced an outstanding record of scholarship since starting at UALR. He currently has 21 published articles in peer-reviewed journals and an additional 30 published published articles in non-refereed journals. He has one book chapter, four invited book chapters, and has published two scholarly books, including one on auditory electrophysiology, which is used in Doctor of Audiology programs across the country. He has made more than 80 professional presentations. His national reputation is evidenced by his 11 peer-reviewed invitations to present at national meetings and 25 invitations to speak at regional meetings. Dr. Atcherson has had three grants funded, the first of which is titled, “The Effect of Aging and Noise on Neurophysiologic Representation of Speech,” and was funded by the UAMS Medical Research Endowment Foundation. The second grant, “A Comparison ofSpectral Modulation Thresholds Obtained Psychophysically and Using Scalp-recorded Auditory Evoked Potentials,” was funded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The third grant, titled “Evaluation of the HEARLabTM Cortical Evoked Potential System in Bone-Anchored Implant (BAI) Users” was funded by the UAMS College of Health Professions Dean’s Society.
Dr. Samuel Atcherson’s degrees include a Ph.D. in Audiology and Speech Pathology from the University of Memphis, a M.Ed. in Audiology from the University of Georgia, and a B.S. Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia.