Melanie B. Fried-Oken, Ph.D., CCC/Sp

Head Shot of Melanie Fried-Oken
Neurology, Rehabilitation, Otolaryngology (ENT)
Special Interests:
Voice & Speech Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology, Neuromuscular, Parkinson's & Movement Disorders
Accepting Patients:

"There is always a way to communicate, regardless of level of impairment. I believe a person can use assistive technology and strategies to return or maintain communication functions for social interaction."


Dr. Fried-Oken is a certified speech-language pathologist, a Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, Biomedical Engineering and Otolaryngology (ENT) and an Adjunct Professor in the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department at Portland State University. Her clinical area of focus is augmentative and alternative communication, and she has been serving adults with communication disorders since 1979. When not in clinic, Dr. Fried-Oken leads an active federally-funded research team that explores technology, new interventions, and patient-centered outcomes for individuals with significant communication impairments and their families.

Dr. Fried-Oken reminds us that we all use different forms of communication during our day, and the challenge with people who have significant impairments is to find those techniques that work best given the demands of the situation, the communication partners and the patient’s skills. She works with patients and their families to identify communication needs and goals and matches the person to the equipment and strategies based on their skills, and the natural course of the disease.


  • Degrees:
    B.A., University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA, 1976
    M.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA, 1978
    Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, 1984

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