Our Team

Matt Zellner, MA, CF-SLP
PhD Student


Matt is a PhD student and speech-language pathology clinical fellow in the Early Intervention Research Group. He received his B.A. in psychology and radio/television/film from Northwestern University and his M.A. in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. At UT Austin, Matt served as a clinician and research assistant for Project SKILLS, evaluating the efficacy of a teletherapy-based, parent-implemented social communication intervention for children with autism across Texas. As a member of the EIRG, he is excited to continue to engage in research focused on improving the lives of children with developmental disabilities and their families. As a PhD student, Matt is focused on developing early intervention approaches that empower parents, siblings, and peers to support the social communication and language growth of children with autism. Outside of the lab, his interests include hiking and supporting (and occasionally participating in) the Chicago theatre community.

Favorite Children’s Book: The Lorax
Favorite Childhood Toy: Legos
Favorite Childhood Snack: Gummy bears

Pronouns: he/him