W. Matthew Gillispie, CCC-SLP

Matt Gillispie
  • Affiliate Faculty, Indigenous Studies
  • Clinical Professor, Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

Contact Info

Haworth Hall, room 2103
1200 Sunnyside Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Dr. Gillispie is a clinical 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. 


Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
B.A. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences & Disorders and Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS


  • 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.


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.

Selected Publications

Gillispie, W.M. (2009). Semantic processing in children with reading comprehension deficits.  Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 244.

Catts, H.W., Gillispie, W.M., Leonard, L.B., Kail, R.V., & Miller, C.A. (2003). The role of speed of processing, rapid naming, and phonological awareness in reading achievement. Journal of Learning Disabilities.

Master's Thesis: The Effects of Accent and Rate of Speech on Auditory Comprehension in Patients with Alzheimer's-type Dementia.

Selected Presentations

Gillispie, W.M., Bunce, B., & Wegner, J. (2011).  Evidence-based reading comprehension strategies for children with language impairment. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention: San Diego, CA.    

Wegner, J., Bunce, B. Gatts, J., Gillispie, W.M., & Pedersen, K. (2011). Work Load Model in the university clinic. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention: San Diego, CA.

Pedersen, K. & Gillispie, W.M. (2011). From playgroup to parent group: Building parents capacity to enhance their child’s communication.  Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention: Overland Park, KS. 

Bunce, B., Catts, H., & Gillispie, W.M. (2011). Specific reading impairment: The SLP’s role in early identification, assessment, and intervention.  Invited speakers at the Kansas University Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (KUSSHA) Conference: Lawrence, KS.

Gillispie, W.M. (2010). Developmental speech-language evaluations for the non-school clinician. Invited speaker at the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention: Topeka, KS

Awards & Honors

University of Kansas Diversity Scholar, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas, 2018-20

Certificate of Appreciation, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2015


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.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Native American Caucus