Dr. Sullivan joined Washington University in December 2021. As Assistant Director, Matt supports Disability Resources, the University, and disabled students in the creation of a more inclusive environment through the identification of potential access barriers, and the determination and implementation of necessary accommodations. Additionally, Dr. Sullivan serves as DR’s liaison to WashU’s School of Medicine, acting as the primary contact for SoM faculty/staff, students, and prospective students. In this role, Matt works closely with all parties to create an accessible and inclusive educational environment for disabled students pursuing their degrees within Health Sciences and Medicine.
Dr. Sullivan is a research-oriented practitioner dedicated to promoting disability awareness and inclusion within the higher education environment. In his student affairs roles, Dr. Sullivan has experience providing leadership and direction for a variety of programs and services in the areas of disability, testing, tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and academic coaching. Working in the field of disability services for the past 11 years, Matt has dedicated his time and energy to the education and development of students, faculty, and staff surrounding the intersectionality of disability with race, culture, gender, and other prominent identity factors.
Dr. Sullivan currently serves as a board member for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science Education. He is also serving on the Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Professional Competencies working group to assist in the review and revision process for the organization’s guiding professional standards.
He earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Millikin University, Master of Arts in Student Personnel Administration degree from Saint Louis University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration degree from Saint Louis University.