W. Matthew Gillispie, PhD, CCC-SLP

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Speech-Language-Hearing
Clinical Professor
Primary office:
Haworth Hall, 2103
University of Kansas
1200 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:


Dr. Gillispie is a clinical associate professor and speech-language pathologist in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders and the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders. He is also Director of the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic where he provides speech-language pathology services and clinical education. Dr. Gillispie is interested in preschool and school-age speech, language, and literacy disorders, as well as culturally-responsive services, especially to children and families from Native American communities. Dr. Gillispie is also an affiliate faculty member of KU's Indigenous Studies Program.


Bachelor of General Studies (BGS), Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders Psychology, University of Kansas
M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Arizona
Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Kansas


Dr. Gillispie spends most of his work day providing clinical education to undergraduate and first-year graduate students enrolled in clinical practicum (SPLH 672, 862, 864). It's an opportunity for him to share his clinical expertise and passion with future speech-language pathologists. Dr. Gillispie is also project director for a personnel preparation grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs. Culturally Responsive Early Literacy Instruction: American Indian/Alaska Native is a 6-year grant (2014-2019) supporting speech-language pathology graduate students interested in working with Native American communities. In the classroom, Dr. Gillispie enjoys teaching SPLH 888/889: Multicultural Issues in Speech-Language-Hearing and a summer seminar, SPLH 764: Culturally Responsive Literacy Instruction. Last, he also works with undergraduate and graduate students completing independent studies and research projects in topics related to his interests and expertise.

Teaching Interests

  • Speech-language pathology
  • Communication disorders
  • Communication sciences
  • Language disorders
  • Literacy disorders
  • Native American
  • American Indian


Dr. Gillispie's clinical and research interests include the assessment and intervention of preschool and school-age children with speech, language, and literacy disorders. He is also interested in assessment and intervention considerations when working with Native American children. Dr. Gillispie is the Project Director for Culturally-Responsive Early Literacy Instruction: American Indian/Alaskan Native (CRELI: AI/AN), a personnel preparation grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs. The grant recruits and supports graduate-level scholars interested in working with Native American communities. The grant staff and scholars partner with Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Early Childhood Center, and the Little Nations Academic Center at Haskell Indian Nations University.

Research Interests

  • Speech-language pathology
  • Communication disorders
  • Communication sciences
  • Language disorders
  • Literacy disorders
  • Native American
  • American Indian


Dr. Gillispie is active in multicultural issues and considerations within speech-language pathology as well as in higher education. Dr. Gillispie has been a member of the Native Faculty and Staff Council at KU since 2010, and is a former president of the council. He has also served on the University's Diversity Council, KU-Haskell Advisory Committee, the Provost's Diversity Equity & Inclusion Workgroup, and KU's Diversity Scholars program. He is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Native American Caucus, and served as member to ASHA's Multicultural Issues Board from 2013 to 2015.

Selected Grants

Culturally-Responsive Early Literacy Instruction: American Indian/Alaska Native. U.S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs. Submitted 6/25/2012. Federal. Status: Not Funded

Selected Awards & Honors

2018-20 University of Kansas Diversity Scholar
Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas
2018 - 2020
Certificate of Appreciation
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

News and events

— Expertscape: Your Source For Medical Experts (@Daily_Experts) December 3, 2021

Kris Pedersen and Ana Paula Mumy joined Governor Kelly for bill signing enacting the Interstate Compact for SLPs & Audiologists. 

Nicola Santangelo awarded a Summer 2021 UGRA with Dr. Jena McDaniel

SPLH graduate program ranked in top 50

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Foundations, Perspectives, & Accountability virtual continuing education course featuring Stephanie Meehan, PhD, CCC-SLP and Mathew Gillispie, PhD, CCC-SLP

KSHA's Executive Board is addressing the need for diversity and inclusion in our profession in a multi-pronged approach. We are committed to ongoing dialogue across cultural lines. We recognize the need for further education amongst ourselves and our membership. We have partnered with the University of Kansas to offer this FREE virtual continuing education course. 


Ana Paula Mumy - Spero Stuttering

Personnel Prep Grants

Megan Davidson and Jena McDaniel (Post doc) will each be receiving ASHAFoundation New Investigator Research Grants! 

Randi Hutto was awarded a Fall 2020 UGRA with Dr. Meghan Davidson

MA student Alondra Del Real received an honorable mention for Therapy Insight's Essay Contest. Her essay was titled "The Lack of Diversity in the Field of Speech-Language Pathology." 

Emily Sonsthagen presented a Poster in the 23rd Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 25, 2020

Emily Sonsthagen received an Outstanding Presentation Award!

Suma Suswaram to be awarded the KU Tradition of Excellence Award on Saturday, April 18, 2020

SPLH UG students selected as University Scholars: Sophie Moore and Michaela Russ 

Suma Suswaram is International Leader of the week (2/24/2020).  Congrats Suma!

News from Ana Paula G. Mumy, M.S., CCC-SLP February 2020

KU Student Equity & Inclusion WorkgroupKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroup Fall 2019 Newsletter

CoKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroupngratulations to our December 2019 Graduates: Elyse T. Adame, Gabriella A. Araiza, Hannah Grace Harrison, Ezra S. Kaiser, Romaric A. Keuwo, Rebecca Grace McGuinness, Margaret Ann Olson, Allison G. Peterka, Hally Allena Ricklefs, Carrie Michelle Riseling, Gabrielle K. Rosenwald, Lindsay Nicole Thomas.

Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP (center) was recently an invited speaker at the Brazilian Stuttering Association “AbraGagueira” conference. She is pictured with its current president (left) and its founder/director (right).  A large group attended the documentary film showing, "When I Stutter", which is the film Ana Paula translated with the AbraGagueira founder.

Corinne Walker, a Ph.D. student in SPLH received the 2019 ASHA foundation Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development

SPLH student Haleyanna Schippers- one of 10 undergraduate students to receive undergraduate research awards this fall.

Bridget Rennard is featured on page 18 of KU Giving magazine's Fall 2019 edition.

SPLH student Bridget Rennard is one of 7 KU students, graduates to win Fulbright awards 

Steven F. Warren, Ph.D. has been named the 2019 Distinguished Alumni by the Applied Behavioral Sciences department.

IPCD students, Ivarene Hurtado (MA-SLP) and Suma Suswaram (PhD), have been selected for ASHA’s Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) Class of 2019

Joshuaa Allison-Burbank is recognized by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development: as a 2019 Native American 40 under 40 award recipient.

Ana Paula Mumy along with Brazilian SLP Daniela Zackiewicz just completed translation of the film, "When I Stutter" in Portuguese, and it will be debuted at the "Abra Gagueira" conference this October, which is the Brazilian association for persons who stutter.  Ana Paula is an invited speaker at the conference and will be hosting the very first screening of the film in Portuguese!

Bachelor’s Degrees in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies, KU Edwards Campus

Congratulations to Russell Johnston, Ph.D., Kristen Muller, Ph.D., and Kevin Pitt, Ph.D. for successfulling defending their dissertations this summer! 

Congratulations to Tiffany P. Hogan, Speech Language Pathology PhD alum, ASHA Fellowship of the Assiciation 2019 Award recipient.

Suzanne Adlof, one of our Speech Language Pathology MA/PhD alums now in South Carolina, received the presidential early career award in science/engineering.

Congratulations to Mindy Bridges, Assistant Professor, on receiving the School of Health Professions (SHP) Research Grant for her proposal: The Development of Language-Intensive Professional Development Modules for Prekindergarten Teachers.

Abby Enneking, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be 1 of 2 students from Kansas to receive the Sertoma International Award.

Frank Kim, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be the recipient of the SHP Dean's Diversity Scholarship.

Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.


Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

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