Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award recognizes an emerging leader in the health and rehabilitation professions whose record reflects his or her ongoing and exceptional growth in practice, research or service; demonstrated leadership and commitment to furthering his or her profession.
Dr. Amanda I. Gillespie (Speech-Language Pathology, MS '05; Communication Science and Disorders, PhD '13)

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


Dr. Amanda I. Gillespie is both director of Speech-Language Pathology and co-director of the Emory Voice Center, one of the top voice centers and voice-specific training sites for speech-language pathologists in the nation. Following her time as a Pitt student, Gillespie was an assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Otolaryngology and also served as director of Clinical Research at the University’s Voice Center.


In 2018, Gillespie received the Early Career Contributions in Research Award from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She has received federal funding from the NIH and numerous institutional and foundation awards in support of her research. She recently introduced a new voice therapy approach to the field of speech-language pathology. The clinical research program she leads focuses on voice treatment efficacy and efficiency across the lifespan, challenges existing voice therapy and diagnostic paradigms, and examines voice as a complex product of multiple interactive body systems.