W. Matthew Gillispie, PhD, CCC-SLP

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Speech-Language-Hearing
Clinical Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-0643
Haworth Hall
Room 2103
University of Kansas
1200 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66045


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 interested in preschool and school-age children with speech, language, and literacy disorders. He provides services and clinical education in the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, as well as local schools. Dr. Gillispie is also interested in 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.

Education

Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Kansas

M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Arizona

Bachelor of General Studies (BGS), Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders Psychology, University of Kansas

Teaching

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 5-year grant (2014-2018) supporting speech-language pathology graduate students interested in working with Native American communities. In the classroom, Dr. Gillispie enjoys teaching SPLH 464/764: 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

Research

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

Service

Dr. Gillispie is active in multicultural issues and considerations within speech-language pathology as well as 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, and the Provost's Diversity Equity & Inclusion Workgroup. 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.


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