Bridging the Gap Between Research and Clinical Practice: Enhancing Collaboration and Creativity

Presenter(s): Portia Carr, PhD, CCC-SLP & Elizabeth Cleveland, PhD, CCC-SLP


There is an ongoing gap between the translation of research and clinical practice. We have all been bombarded with the term evidence-based practice (EBP) within the past few years but the gap continues to persist. Clinicians and researchers understand the importance of EBP but both parties tend to have different perspectives and roles in the translation process. Clinicians typically focus on intervention and treatment to address the immediate needs of the client, while researchers typically focus on identifying the underlying reason there is an impairment in combination with developing strategies to be used as intervention techniques. There are barriers to bridging the gap on both sides of the bridge. Clinicians are faced with time and financial constraints. They juggle evaluations and treatment of large caseloads, documentation, and productivity standards among a wide variety of populations and disorders. It can take hours or days to locate, read, and analyze the literature. Furthermore, it costs money to access most peer-reviewed articles. Researchers are faced with pressures to receive grant funding, conduct research studies, and publish manuscripts. They are rarely rewarded for disseminating research. The vast majority of researchers work in an academic setting where their responsibilities also include teaching, service, and academic advising. This presentation will introduce methods to bridge the gap between clinical practice and research to increase evidence-based practices while maintaining best clinical practices.


Portia Carr, PhD, CCC-SLP, graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a Master of Science and PhD in CSD. She has practiced SLP for 14 years. She is a clinical assistant professor of CSD at UAMS. Her current research focuses on telepractice with persons with aphasia, the life participation approach to aphasia (LPAA), and cognitive-communication disorders. Dr. Carr is also the owner of Infinity Therapy, LLC which serves individuals from pediatrics to geriatrics throughout the state of Arkansas.

Elizabeth Cleveland, PhD, CCC-SLP is an assistant professor at the University of Central Arkansas where she is Co-Director for the Specialty Diagnostic Resource Center, Arkansas's resource for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. She is also the Director of Interdisciplinary Training for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. Her research is in FASD and pediatric executive functioning.

Disclosure for Portia Carr & Elizabeth Cleveland

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