Matthew Wappett, Ph.D.

Center for Persons with Disabilities
University Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Utah State University
6800 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-6800
Phone: 435-797-0836
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: February 15, 2017

Matthew Wappett

Leadership: UCEDD Director
Discipline(s): Disability Studies
Education/Special Education
Education: General
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Community Advocacy
Multicultural Council
Research: Disability Studies, Inclusive Education, Teacher Preparation for Inclusion


Matthew Wappett is the Executive Director of the Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities (UCEDD), with an affiliate appointment as a Research Associate Professor in the USU College of Education and Human Services.  He was formerly the Co-Director of the University of Idaho Confucius Institute, and Associate Director of the UI Center on Disabilities and Human Development.  Dr. Wappett’s background is in special education and disability studies; most of his research has been focused on creating inclusive environments to accommodate the needs of diverse populations and the effects of environmental stress on learning and social interaction.  Dr. Wappett also conducts research and writes about the effects of laughter in the classroom and genuinely enjoys teaching people how to laugh!  Dr. Wappett earned his Ph.D. in Special Education, an M.Ed. in Educational Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

In his spare time, Dr. Wappett plays ice hockey, coaches youth hockey, competes in powerlifting, and spends as much time as possible outdoors rafting and fishing Western rivers.