Department of Otolaryngology

Amanda Gillespie, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
  • Director of Clinical Research at the Voice Center

Amanda Gillespie, PhD, CCC-SLP  is the Director of Clinical Research at the Voice Center and an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. Dr. Gillespie received her undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology and audiology at New York University and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Pittsburgh. Following her clinical fellowship year at UPMC, she worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. She later returned to the University of Pittsburgh to complete her PhD in Communication Science and Disorders. Dr. Gillespie specializes in the evaluation and treatment of voice and breathing problems. Her research interests are in the relationship between voice and breathing, particularly how the respiratory and voice systems interact in the development, and then treatment, of voice disorders. Dr. Gillespie is the Principle Investigator on a research grant from the National Institutes of Health for her voice therapy research. 

Education & Training

  • 1999 – 2003 New York University, BS in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
  • 2003 – 2005 University of Pittsburgh, MS in Speech-Language Pathology
  • 2008 – 2013 University of Pittsburgh, PhD in Communication Science and Disorders

Representative Publications

Gillespie A, Gartner-Schmidt J, Rubinstein EN, Abbott KV. Aerodynamic profiles of females with muscle tension dysphonia/aphonia. J Speech Lang Hear Res, 2013 Apr;56(2):481-8. doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2012/11-0217). PMID:  22992706.

Gillespie AI, Gooding W, Rosen CA, Gartner-Schmidt J. Correlation of VHI-10 to Voice Laboratory Measurements  Across Five Common Voice Disorders. J Voice. 2014 Jul;28(4):440-8. Mar 31. pii: S0892-1997(13)00236-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2013.10.023. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24698885.

Gillespie AI,  Dastolfo C, Magid N, Gartner-Schmidt J. Acoustic Analysis of Four Common Voice Diagnoses:  Moving Toward Disorder-Specific Assessment. J Voice. 2014 Sep;28(5):582-8. doi: 10.1016/jvoice.2014.02.002 [Epub 2014 May 28] doi: 10.1016/jvoice.2014.02.002 PMID: 24880672.

Gillespie AI, Slivka W, Atwood CW Jr, Verdolini Abbott K. The effects of hyper and hypocapnia on phonatory laryngeal airway resistance in women. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2015 Jun;58(3):638-52. doi: 10.1044/2015_JSLHR-S-13-0270. PMID: 25764093

Dastolfo C, Gartner-Schmidt J, Carnes O, Gillespie AI. Aerodynamic Outcomes of Four Common Voice Disorders: Moving Toward Disorder-Specific Assessment. J Voice. 2015 May 20. pii: S0892-1997(15)00059-4. Doi: 10.1016/j.voice.2015.03.017. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 26001500

Litts J, Gartner-Schmidt J, Clary MS, Gillespie AI. Impact of laryngologist and speech pathologist co-assessment on outcomes and billing revenue. Laryngoscope. 2015 Sep;125(9):2139-42. doi: 10.1002/lary.25349. Epub 2015 May 27. PMID: 26013916

Gartner-Schmidt J, Hirai R, Dastolfo C, Rosen CA, Yu L, Gillespie AI. Phonatory Aerodynamics in Connected Speech.  Laryngoscope. 2015 Dec;125(12):2764-71. doi: 10.1002/lary.25458. Epub 2015 Jul 21.  PMID: 26197727

Gillespie AI, Gartner-Schmidt J. Immediate Effect of Stimulability Assessment on Acoustic, Aerodynamic, and Patient-Perceptual Measures of Voice. J Voice. 2015 Jul 29. pii: S0892-1997(15)00122-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2015.06.004. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26233832

Gartner-Schmidt J, Gherson S, Hapner ER, Muckala J, Roth D, Schneider S, Gillespie AI. The Development of Conversation Training Therapy: A Concept Paper.  J Voice. 2015 Aug 8. pii: S0892-1997(15)00136-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2015.06.007. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26264642

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Research Interest Summary

Evaluation and Treatment of Voice and Breathing Problems, Respiratory and Voice Systems, Voice Disorders

Research Interests

Dr. Gillespie is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication Science and Disorders in the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The over-arching goal of Dr. Gillespie’s research is to investigate how the respiratory and phonatory systems interact in the pathogenesis and treatment of voice disorders. Her programs of research focus on voice therapy outcomes, development of voice treatment programs, voice diagnostic protocols, and the study of respiratory influences on voice production. Dr. Gillespie has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Pittsburgh for her research.  Dr. Gillespie’s clinical expertise lies in the diagnosis and treatment of people with voice problems, with a special emphasis in voice problems with respiratory origins and co-morbidities. She is a member of the multi-disciplinary clinical team at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, dedicated to the care of individuals with voice problems, which helps inform her research questions. 

Research Grants

University of Pittsburgh Competitive Medical Research Fund Grant
Efficacy of Conversation Training Therapy
Role:  Principal Investigator
2016 – 2018

NIH – NIDCD Small Grant Program (R03)
Efficacy of Conversation Training Therapy
Role:  Principal Investigator, Gillespie (PI)
03/10/2016 – 02/28/2019

Completed Support:

R01DC008567
Prospective study on prevention and treatment of voice problems in teachers
Role:  Study Coordinator, Verdolini Abbott (PI)
09/01/2009 – 08/31/2015

F31 DC012707
Effects of hyper- and hypocapnia on phonatory laryngeal resistance (dissertation)
Role:  Principal Investigator, Gillespie (PI)
07/01/2012 – 02/28/2013

University of Pittsburgh, Research Development Funds
Effects of hyper- and hypocapnia on phonatory laryngeal resistance (dissertation)
Role:  Principal Investigator, Gillespie (PI)
06/01/2012 – 04/27/2013

University of Pittsburgh, Research Development Funds
The influence of clinical terminology on self-efficacy for voice.
Role:  Principal Investigator, Gillespie (PI)
09/01/2004 – 08/01/2005