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Amy Franklin, PhD

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Student, Faculty, and Community Affairs

Department of Clinical and Health Informatics


[email protected] | 713-486-3670

Amy Franklin, Ph.D. came to McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston, formerly UTHealth Houston School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) in 2009 after teaching in the Cognitive Science Department at Rice University. In September of 2018, she earned the title of Assistant Dean. She is interested in how cognition and communication interact and impact each other and how this plays out in a medical context. This has led Franklin to studying decision making in the emergency department, the use of electronic health records and how people and computers interact in the health care field. She also focusses her research in patient safety, usability and communication. Franklin teaches courses in cognitive engineering, computer-supported collaborative work, research methods and information and knowledge representation.


  • PhD, Psychology and Linguistics, 2007, University of Chicago
  • MS, Psychology and Linguistics, 2007, University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise

  • Psycho-linguistics
  • Conversational negotiation
  • Reduction of medical errors

Staff Support

Martha Shumaker | 713-500-7620


1. Kannampallil, T., Li, Z., Zhang, M., Cohen, T., Robinson, D., Franklin, A., Zhang, J. and Patel, V. L. (submitted). Making Sense: Sensor-based Investigation of Clinician Activities in Complex Critical Care Environments. Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

2. Franklin, A., Liu, Y., Li, Z., Johnson, T., Robinson, D., Okafor, N., King, B., Patel, V., and Zhang, J. (under review). Opportunistic Decision Making and Complexity in Emergency Care. Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

3. Franklin, A., Giannakidou, A., and Goldin-Meadow, S. (in press) (Non)veridicality and structure building in a home sign system. Cognition.

4. Duncan, S., Esposito, A., So, W.C., Rohlfing, K., Sowa, C., Franklin, A., and Almutawa, S. (to appear) . Gesturing across languages and cultures: Some implications for language theory. In Anna Esposito (Ed.) Multimodal Signals: Theoretical and algorithmic issues. Berlin: Springer Verlag.

5. Franklin, A., Giannakidou, A., and Goldin-Meadow, S. (2010). Negation and sentence building in a home sign system. In Yuasa, Bagchi, and Beals (Eds.) Read at your own risk: A festscrift for Jerrold M. Sadock. John Benjamins: Amsterdam.

6. McNeill, D., Franklin, A., Goss, J., Kimbara, I., Parrill, F., and Welji, H. (2008). Minds Merging. In Expressing Oneself / Expressing One's Self: A Festschrift in Honor of Robert M. Krauss. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers.

7. Franklin, A. (2007). Blending in Deception: Tracing Output Back to its Source. In Duncan, Levy, and Cassell (Eds.) Gesture and the Dynamic Dimension of Language: Essays in honor of David McNeill. John Benjamins Publishing Company.

8. Goldin-Meadow, S., Mylander, C., & Franklin, A. (2007). The resilience of combinatorial structure at the word level: Morphology in Chinese and American home sign systems. Cognitive Psychology.

9. Chen, L., Harper, M., Franklin, A., Rose, R.T., Kimbara, I., Huang , Z., and Quek, F. (2006). A Multimodal Analysis of Floor Control in Meetings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. MMLI 2006 proceedings. Springer: Berlin.

10. McNeill, D., Rohlfing, K., Loehr, D., Duncan, S., Brown, A., Franklin, A., Kimbara, I., Milde, J., Parrill, F., Rose, T., Schmidt, T., Sloetjes, T., & Thies, A. (2006). Comparison of Multimodal Annotation tools. Gesprächsforschung 7.

11. Cihlar, J., Franklin, A., Kimbara, I., & Kaiser, D. (Eds.). (2006). The Main Session: Proceedings from the main session of the 39th meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society.

12. Cihlar, J., Franklin, A., Kimbara, I., & Kaiser, D. (Eds.). (2006). The Panels: Proceedings from the panel sessions of the 39th meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society.