CLARC FAQs

What is CLARC?

What are the benefits of joining the CLARC Community?

What is a CLARC Collaboration?

What are the expectations for a CLARC participant?

How much time will I need to invest?

Is there a fee associated with using CLARC?

I am not sure whether I would be classified as a clinician or a researcher. How does CLARC define these terms?

Can I enroll as both a clinician AND a researcher?

How do I search for a collaborator?

What do I do after a potential collaborator is identified?

What should I do if I don’t hear from the individual I requested?

Can I partner with more than one collaborator?

Should I collaborate only with individual(s) in my geographic area?

How will I know if someone wants to collaborate with me?

Is it okay to reject a collaboration request?

What do I do if I’m going to be on vacation or unavailable for a period of time and don’t want to receive requests?

How do I indicate on my profile page that a collaboration has ended?

What is CLARC?

Clinicians and Researchers Collaborating (CLARC) is a networking site that

  • enables clinicians and researchers to identify and partner with one another to form research collaborations and
  • provides a forum for online discussion through the CLARC Community.

What are the benefits of joining the CLARC Community?

CLARC members can join the Community and participate in online discussions. The Community has additional resources such as information about the research process and collaboration.

What is a CLARC Collaboration?

Collaborations can take many forms. Clinicians and Researchers Collaborating (CLARC) is a specific type of collaboration that involves a research partnership between clinical practitioners and researchers. CLARC partnerships are nonhierarchical, meaning that each partner is on equal footing in the relationship in contrast to a mentor–mentee relationship. Partners may not contribute equally to the project in terms of time or responsibilities, but each partner makes a valuable contribution to the collaboration.

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What are the expectations for a CLARC participant?

Expectations—including making key decisions about roles and responsibilities—are mutually agreed upon by the individuals in each collaborative partnership.

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How much time will I need to invest?

On your enrollment form, you will indicate (a) how many weekly hours you are able to devote to collaboration and (b) the desired duration of your commitment. Once a collaboration has been identified, it is important to establish clear and mutually agreed upon expectations, roles, responsibilities, and time commitments. 

Is there a fee associated with using CLARC?

There is no fee. CLARC is a benefit of ASHA membership.

I am not sure whether I would be classified as a clinician or a researcher. How does CLARC define these terms?

  • A clinician is someone whose primary professional responsibilities involve the provision of clinical services.
  • A researcher is someone whose primary professional responsibilities include conducting research.

Can I enroll as both a clinician AND a researcher?

Yes. Consider your primary role in CLARC, rather than the fact that you might be both a clinician and a researcher. If you enroll in both roles, complete two enrollment forms (Clinician; Researcher); your answers to the questions will vary according to which form you are filling out.

How do I search for a collaborator?

Once you have completed a CLARC enrollment form, visit the Find a Clinician page or the Find a Researcher page. Search for possible collaborators based on various demographic criteria. 

Enrolled Researchers Searching for a Clinician

  • Click Find a Clinician.
  • Enter search criteria.
  • Click "Find Clinicians."
  • Clinicians matching your search criteria will be displayed.
  • Click on the clinician’s profile to review his or her information.
  • Click on the clinician badge (seen below the registered clinician’s profile photo).
  • The clinician will receive an email alerting him or her that a collaborator request has been made.
  • The clinician will be able to accept or decline the request.

Enrolled Clinicians Searching for a Researcher

  • Click Find a Researcher.
  • Enter search criteria.
  • Click "Find Researchers."
  • Researchers matching your search criteria will be displayed.
  • Click on the researcher’s profile to review his or her information.
  • Click on the researcher badge (seen below the registered researcher’s profile photo).
  • The researcher will receive an email alerting him or her that a collaborator request has been made.
  • The researcher will be able to accept or decline the request.

What do I do after a potential collaborator is identified?

Once a potential collaborator is identified, follow up with that person by email, by phone, or in person to discuss the nature of the collaboration.

What should I do if I don’t hear from the individual I requested?

If you don’t receive a response from the individual within 1 or 2 weeks, feel free to contact the individual through the “Send Message” feature on his or her profile page. 

Can I partner with more than one collaborator?

Yes; you may partner with multiple collaborators.

Should I collaborate only with individual(s) in my geographic area?

No; your choice of collaborators is not restricted by their proximity to your location, as long as the CLARC partners agree. It will likely depend on the nature of the research.

How will I know if someone wants to collaborate with me? 

If someone is interested in collaborating with you, you will receive an email that prompts you to accept or reject the collaboration request.

Is it okay to reject a collaboration request?

Yes; to reject a collaboration request, go to My CLARC Matches and click the “Decline” button next to the specific request.

What do I do if I’m going to be on vacation or unavailable for a period of time and don’t want to receive requests?

If you are temporarily unavailable to collaborate,

  • go to your enrollment page,
  • click the “edit status” link, and
  • click on the check box next to “Temporarily Not Participating.” 
  • Choosing this option will indicate that you are not accepting any requests at the moment; your profile will not be available in any searches.

How do I indicate on my profile page that a collaboration has ended?

When your research collaboration has ended, go to My CLARC Matches and mark the match as “completed.”

For questions about the CLARC program, please email research@asha.org.