Joseph M. Wepman


Joseph Wepman conducted research in several areas-auditory and visual perception, aphasia, and psycholinguistic processing. He developed various standardized measures of auditory perception (Turaids, Wepman, & Morency, 1972)and visual and auditory discrimination (Wepman, 1958; Weiner, Wepman, & Morency, 1965). He was perhaps best known for the psycholinguistic model, that he developed with his coauthors as a way of conceptualizing various difficulties associated with aphasia (Wepman, Jones, Bock, & VanPelt, 1960)

Wepman was born Christmas day 1907. He married Ruth Rolde on January 3, 1933. He obtained his BA from Western Michigan College of Education in 1931 (now Western Michigan University), his Ph.M. from the University of Wisconsin in 1934 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1948.

From 1946 to 1957 Wepman served as a clinical instructor in surgery and a lecturer in psychology at the University of Chicago. In 1958 he became an associate professor at the University of Chicago, and in 1961 a professor of surgery, psychology and education. He served as chair of the Psychology Department there and as a director of the Speech and Language Clinic.

During the years of the second world war, Wepman served as a research psychologist in the U.S. Army Air Forces (1943-1944) and later as a clinical psychologist (1944 to 1946). He also served as Director of the Aphasia Center and was Chief Clinical Psychologist at Dewitt and Letterman General Hospitals (1943-1946).

Photo of Wepman, 1961 ASHA, 3, p. 49.


Wepman, J. (1947). The organization of therapy for aphasia. I The inpatient treatment center. Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 12, 405-409.

Wepman, J. (1951). Recovery from aphasia. NY: Ronald Press.

Wepman, J. (1953). A conceptual model for the processes involved n recovery from aphasia. Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 18, 4-13.

Wepman, J., Bock, R., Jones, L., & Van Pelt, D. (1956). Psycholinguistic study of aphasia. Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 21, 468-477.

Wepman, J. (1958). Auditory discrimination test. Chicago, IL: Language Research Associates.

Wepman, J. (1958). The relationship betwen self-correction and recovery from aphasia. Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 23, 302-305.

Wepman, J. (1958). Aphasia and the "whole person" concept. American Archives of Rehabilitation Therapy, 6, 1-8.

Wepman, J. (1960). Auditory discrimination, speech and reading. Elementary School Journal, 60, 325-333.

Wepman, J., Jones, L., Bock, D. & Van Pelt, D. (1960). Studies in aphasia: Background and theoretical formulations. Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 25, 323-332.

Wepman, J. (1961). The interrelationship of hearing, speech and reading. The Reading Teacher, 14, 245-247.

Jones, L., & Wepman, J. (1961). Dimensions of language performance in aphasia. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 4, 220-232.

Wepman, J., & Jones, L. (1961). The Language Modalities Test for Aphasia. Chicago: University of Chicago.

Wepman, J. (1962). New frontiers of aphasia therapy. Hearing News, 30, 11-16.

Wepman, J. & Heine, R. (Eds.) (1963). Concepts of personality. Chicago, IL: Aldine Publishing Co.

Wepman, J. & Jones, L. (1964). Five aphasias: A commentary on aphasia as a regressive linguistic phenomenon. In M. Rioch & E. Weinstein (Eds). Disorders of Communication. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins.

Weiner, P., Wepman, J., & Morency, A. (1965). A test of visual discrimination. Elementary School Journal, 60, 325-333.

Wepman, J. & Jones, L. (1966). Studies in aphasia: Clarification of aphasic speech by the noun-pronoun ratio. British Journal of disorders of Communication, 1, 46-54.

Wepman, J. (1968). Auditory discrimination: Its role in language comprehension, formulation and use. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 15.

Wepman, J. (1968). The modality concept: Including a statement of the perceptual and conceptual levels of learning. In H. K. Smith (Ed.), Perception and reading. Newark, Delaware: International Reading Association.

Wepman,J. (1972). Aphasia therapy: Some "relative" comments and some purely personal prejudices. In M. Taylor Sarno (Ed.). Aphasia: Selected readings. (pp. 436-444). NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts.

Turaids, D., Wepman, J., & Morency, A. (1972). A perceptual test battery: Development and standardization. Elementary School Journal, 72, 351-361.

Morency, A. & Wepman, J. (1973) Early perceptual ability and later school achievement. Elementary School Journal, 73, 323-327.

Wepman, J. (1975). Auditory perception and imperception. In W. Cruickshank & D. Hallahan (Eds.), Perceptual and learning disabilities in children (pp. 259-298). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.