Jackie Clark

Clinical Professor - Behavioral and Brain Sciences
jackie.clark@utdallas.edu
214-905-3031
CD2J217
Tags: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Human Development and Communication Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas - 1995
M.S. - Communication Disorders
University of Texas at Dallas - 1987
B.S. - Textile Science; Merchandising
Colorado State University - 1975

Research Areas

Research Interests

Dr. Clark teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses: Advanced Clinical Audiology, Diagnostic Audiology, Anatomy and Physiology of Audition, Pediatric Audiology, Directed Independent Study of Planning and Providing Humanitarian Services in Developing Countries (which entails travel to under-resourced countries in Africa). She also supervises first year AuD students in Teaching Clinic where they have direct access to evaluation and counseling patients.

Some of her research interests involve Correlates of Aging and speech perception performance, demographics of hearing loss in indigenous populations; cultural influences in help seeking behaviors, effects of noise exposure on emotional, cultural and audiological outlook for adults; improving, updating and confirming efficacy of Clinical Measures used in Audiology practices for adults and pediatric populations. She maintains her international research perspective with collaborations with The University of The Witwatersrand and University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Some of the research interests involve an in depth look at pediatric audiology and broad-based clinical audiological practice to differentiate and or predict types of hearing loss. More specifically by looking at the effects of lifestyle, alcohol, tobacco, childhood exposure to noise on a person's ability to understand speech in noise, and whether objective measures correlate closely to self-report. In addition, there is an interest in pursuing modifying parameters of the distortion product and transient evoked otoacoustic emissions to aid in differentiating or predicting specific types of hearing loss. There are occasions when analyzing the auditory brainstem evoked responses become helpful as well to differentiate and predict specific types of hearing loss or hearing disorders.

  • Improving, updating and confirming efficacy of Clinical Measures used in Audiology practices for adults and pediatric populations
  • Assessing efficacy of new commercially available screening devices
  • Normalizing clinical tests that measure individuals sentence recognition performance in the presence of noise
  • Assessing cognitive or age contributions to sentence recognition performance in presence of noise
  • Assessing efficacy of hearing aid benefit according to sentence recognition performance in the presence of noise
  • Asssessing incidence of hearing loss, pathology and impacted ear canals in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Impact of personal lifestyles on tolerance of listening in background noises.
  • Cultural attitudes that impact help seeking behaviors

Publications

Clark, J.L. (2013) Humanitarian Audiology: What to do first? ENT & Audiology News, Vol 22 (No 1): 74-76. 2013 - Publication
Browne, T. & Clark, J.L. (2013). Culture wise programming. ENT & Audiology News, Vol 22 (No 1): 78-79. 2013 - Publication
World Health Organization (2012). Community Based Rehabilitation: Promoting ear and hearing care through CBR. (Contributors: Bari, N, Borg, J, Brouillette, R, Clark, J.L., Deepak, S, Pfortner, K., Santana-Hernandez, D, Smith, A., Tesni, S). 2012 - Publication
Clark, J.L. & Saunders, J.E. (2012). The coalition for global hearing health uses technology to lend a hand. The Hearing Journal, May. 2012 - Publication
Clark, J.L. (2011). Should humanitarian hearing health care professionals be concerned about ethical practices? ENT & Audiology News, Vol 20 (No 2): 60-63. 2011 - Publication
Swanepoel, D.C., Clark, J.L., Koekemoer, D. (2010). Intercontinental hearing assessment - A study in tele-audiology. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 16: 248 - 252. 2010 - Publication
Swanepoel, D.C., Clark, J.L., Koekemoer, D., Hall, J.W., Krumm, M. (2010). Telehealth in Audiology - The need and potential to reach underserved communities. The International Journal of Audiology, 49 (3): 195 - 202. 2010 - Publication
Beck, D.L., Clark, J.L. (2009). Audition matters more as cognition declines. Cognition matters as audition declines.  Audiology Today. 2009 - Publication
Clark, J.L. (2008). A two year study on factors contributing to hearing loss in Mozambique.  Community Ear and Hearing Health. 2008 - Publication
Roeser, R.J., Clark, J.L. (2008). Live voice speech recognition audiometry - Stop the Madness.  Audiology Today, 20 (1): 32 -33. 2008 - Publication

Projects

Audiology Project: Mozambique
2001–2001 Clark, J.L., Riley, M., Poster at American Academy of Audiology Annual Convention, San Diego, California.
Hearing Aid Repairs and Costs: A Single-Center Study
2003–2003 Jordan, K.M., Clark, J.L., Poster presented at NAFDA Salt Lake City Conference
Audiology Then, Now, Here and There
2004–2004 Roeser, R.J., Clark, J.L., Presented at Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Conference.
Foreign Volunteerism in Audiology
2000–2000 Clark, J.L., Northrup, B., Presentation to American Academy of Audiology Annual Convention.
Mechanisms and Clinical Issues Pertaining to Otoacoustic Emissions
2005–2005 Clark, J.L., Professional Seminar sponsored by the Johannesburg Speech and Hearing Therapist Association; Johannesburg, South Africa.

Additional Information

Clinical Supervision
  • 1989 - 1990: C.F.Y. Supervision in Audiology at Children Medical Center.
  • 1998 - Current: C.F.Y. Supervision in Audiology at UTD/Callier Center.
  • 1996 to present: UTD, Dept Communication Disorders.  Supervise Master Level Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Graduate Students performing hearing screenings in the community.
Scholarship/Honors
  • 1994 First recipient of the Lear Ashmore Research Grant awarded through Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • 1999 Recipient, Scott Haug Foundation Audiology Grant
  • 1999 Article, "Clark, J.L., Dybala, P.D., Moushegian, G. (1998).  Real ear characteristics of the ALGO2- Acoustic Transducer Assembly.  Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 9: 426 - 433", honored as Best of 1999 written for clinical audiology by American Academy of Audiology
  • 2001-2004 American Academy of Audiology Scholar
  • 2006 Nominated and selected as the Humanitarian of the Year of the American Academy of Audiology.
Personal Statement

Dr. Jackie Clark joined the Doctor of Audiology Program faculty in 1997, and is currently Clinical Associate Professor UT Dallas' School of Brain & Behavior Sciences. In addition she has been awarded an appointment as Research Scholar with The University of The Witwatersrand, School of Speech and Hearing Therapy in Johannesburg, South Africa.

When in Texas, she carries a full teaching load and active clinical caseload involving pediatric assessment and remediation as well as adult. Dr. Clark is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, board certified with the American Board of Audiology, holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Audiology, and is licensed to practice Audiology and dispense hearing aids in the State of Texas and Louisiana. She earned a BS degree from Colorado State University, a MS degree from UT Dallas with dual emphasis in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, and PhD from UT Dallas.

Dr. Clark is currently the managing editor of the International Journal of Audiology; the chair of the International Society of Audiology's Humanitarian Audiologists; co-organizer of the Annual Coalition for Global Hearing Health International Conference; is a member of a number of advisory boards and committees both nationally and internationally; and maintains a personal philanthropic program in Africa since 1997.

News Articles

Audiologist Helps Mozambiques Hearing-Impaired
Malaria, 60 indigenous languages and fundraising are just a few of the obstacles that audiologist Jackie L. Clark faces on her annual humanitarian visits to Mozambique to provide audiology services. The professor at UT Dallas’ Callier Center for Communication Disorders is well-equipped to take on the challenges. Her first trip was in 1998 after an invitation from fellow church members in Dallas who had traveled to Chicuque, Mozambique, to teach English the previous year. Clark e-mailed the missionary nurse at the Chicuque Rural Hospital to learn more about the community’s needs. “It's a teaching hospital that trains nurses. I told them I was an audiologist and would be happy to do some training with their medical technicians or whatever the need might be,” she said. “I had no idea what was possible.”
Professor Answers Call to Help Audiologist Treat Patients Remotely
Helping those with hearing problems in Zambia, a developing country larger than Texas with more than 14 million people, requires organization and technical prowess.

UT Dallas’ Dr. Jackie Clark heard the call.

Clark, a clinical associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, has helped Dr. Alfred Mwamba establish a teleaudiology practice over the past year in the landlocked, south-central African country.
New Role Helps Widen Scope of Audiologist's Service to Profession
As a child, clinical professor Dr. Jackie Clark was taught to serve other people. Now, in a new leadership role with a major audiology professional organization, she has the opportunity to positively impact an entire profession. 

Clark MS'87, PhD'95 recently was chosen president-elect of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). Her term began in July and will be followed by one year as president and another year as past president. 
Trip Paves Way for Audiology Research in China
Dr. Jackie Clark, clinical associate professor in the doctor of audiology program at the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders, traveled to Beijing recently to lay the foundation for research collaboration in audiology and to exchange information with her Chinese counterparts.

Clark was joined by Dr. Lucy Liu, a UT Dallas alumna who studied under Clark and now works in Dallas as an audiologist and speech-language pathologist.

“China is at a critical crossroads for hearing healthcare professionals,” said Clark. “There are so few audiologists but many more otolaryngologists, who are medical doctors that specialize in the discipline of audiology. Defining the roles of the different professionals so that they can better serve the large population is the biggest need at the moment.”