Aimee Mooney-MS CCC-SLP/L

Aimee Mooney

Research Associate, Institute on Development & Disability
Academic Interests: Cognitive Rehabilitation, Degenerative Neurological Illness/Acquired Neurological Disorders, Geriatrics & Aging, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Dementias
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Aimee R. Mooney is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist with over 24 years of clinical experience specializing in Communication and Cognitive Rehabilitation. Her clinical expertise is in working with people with neurological illness/injury: Stroke, Brain Injury, Parkinson's disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  The focus of her research is helping people find and use communication supports for cognition, language or speech. Aimee joined  OHSU in 1999 with the NIDRR sponsored Oregon Traumatic Brain injury Model Systems (OTBIMS) Project.  Aimee is an enthusiastic instructor, speaking frequently as a member of OHSU TeamPD and as adjunct faculty member in the department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University.

From treating patients to advocating for best practices  to instruction, Aimee has developed a life-long passion for helping adults to maximize recovery from injury or adapt to disease or degenerative illness. 



Master of Science - Speech-Language Pathology, Miami University, 1991
Bachelor of Science - Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, Miami University, 1990

Summary of Current Research

R01 DC009834 NIH/NIDCD. 2/1/2009 – 1/13/2015 (Fried-Oken, PI). Translational refinement of adaptive BCI communication system for locked-in patients
The goal of this project is to integrate new engineering developments in EEG analysis with language models for people who are functionally locked-in to communicate and control their environments.

R43 DC013294 NIH/NIDCD. 9/1/2014 – 5/31/2015 (Jakobs, PI). Co-construction for AAC Devices
This project will develop an innovative, technology-based system for AAC conversation that is grounded in the success and efficiency of dialogue co-construction and word prediction. The app is being developed for persons with SSPI and their communication partners.

R21 DC014099 NIH/NIDCD. 9/1/2014 – 8/31/2016 (Fried-Oken, PI). Co-construction of lexica in primary progressive aphasia
This project combines AAC technology and innovative Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques in an effort to develop and evaluate a novel intervention tool for individuals with language loss secondary to primary progressive aphasia (PPA). We will develop a mobile technology app to support language co-construction and word finding skills in adults who are experiencing devastating and gradual language impairments

H133E140026 U.S. DHHS. 10/1/2014 – 9/30/2019 (Light, PI). Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative & Alternative Communication
The RERC on AAC is a collaborative assistive technology center that supports research, development, training, and dissemination activities. The OHSU team will contribute to the research and development of brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies, applications for co-construction of messages by people who use speech-generating devices (SGDs), and an examination of the cognitive demands of SGDs. We will also participate in the training and dissemination goals of the RERC on AAC. 


Scholarly Work/Publications

  1. Oken, B., Orhan, U., Roark, B., Erdogmus, D., Fowler, A., Mooney, A., Peters, B., Miller, M., & Fried-Oken, M.  (2014). Brain-computer interface with language model-EEG fusion for locked-in syndrome. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 28(4), 387-394. PMCID: PMC3989447.
  2. Akcakaya, M., Peters, B., Mooney, A., Orhan, U., Oken, B., Erdogmus, D., Fried-Oken, M.(2014). Noninvasive brain computer interfaces for augmentative and alternative communication. Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, 7, 31-49. doi:10.1109/RBME.2013.2295097
  3. Oken, B.S., Orhan, U., Roark, B., Erdogmus, D., Fowler, A., Mooney, A., Peters, B.,Miller, M., and Fried-Oken, M. (2013). Brain-Computer Interface with Language Model-Electroencephalography Fusion for Locked-In Syndrome. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1545968313516867.       
  4. Fried-Oken, M., Mooney, A., Peters, B., & Oken, B. (2013). A clinical screening protocol for the RSVP Keyboard™ brain computer interface. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1-8. doi:10.3109/17483107.2013.836684. PMCID: PMC3962814
  5. Goodrich, E., Wahbeh, H., Mooney, A., Miller, M., Oken, B. (2014)  Teaching Mindfulness Meditation to Adults with Severe Speech and Physical Impairments: An Exploratory  Study. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(5), A64-A64.
  6. Fried-Oken, M., Daniels, D., Ettinger, O., Mooney, A., Noethe, G., Rowland, C.  MS Number:  AJSLP-14- 0057, What's on your mind? Conversation topics chosen by people with Alzheimer's disease and Primary Progressive Aphasia. (2014)  American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology