Dr. Clark has outstanding contributions to the field over the past 40 years through his teaching, research, clinical work, and as an author of seminal texts in audiology. Dr. Clark received his clinical training at the University of Texas at Austin and his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati. He maintains a private practice in Middletown, Ohio and is on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati’s doctoral program in audiology. He also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Clark is an exceptional educator as both a professor and author. As a professor, his dedication and knowledge, combined with enthusiasm and support, have inspired generations of audiology students, enabling them to achieve success in their careers. Dr. Clark is a scholar whose research and teaching have focused on amplification, adult audiologic rehabilitation, counseling, and animal audiology. While he leaves an outstanding legacy as a professor, it is perhaps his prolific record as a researcher and author which is even more remarkable. Over the years, Dr. Clark’s academic authorship has included 16 books, 17 book chapters, 17 refereed journal articles, ten invited articles, four consumer guides, and 38 non-refereed articles.

As an author, Dr. Clark has had a direct impact on audiology education with his well-regarded and popular textbook, “Introduction to Audiology,” co-written with Dr. Fred Martin. The thirteenth edition of this textbook is in development now. Dr. Clark and co-author Dr. Fred Martin have further advanced audiology education with the publication of a break-through text entitled, “Effective Counseling in Audiology: Perspectives and Practice.” This prescient text was written before counseling courses were even included in AuD curriculum. Since then, Dr. Clark has authored two more counseling texts and moved AuD education effectively towards patient- and family-centered care. The impact of his teaching, and moreover, his research and academic authorship, has had a profound impact on the field of audiology and will be felt by generations of audiologists still to come.

Throughout his career, Dr. Clark has also worked diligently to advance the profession of audiology with leadership roles on committees and boards. He has served on the boards of directors for both the Ohio Academy of Audiology and the American Academy of Audiology and is a past chair of the American Board of Audiology and a past president of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology. Dr. Clark’s extraordinary career exemplifies the very spirit for which the Academy’s Distinguished Achievement Award was established.