Betts Peters, MA, CCC-SLP

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Research Associate, Institute on Development & Disability
Academic Interests: Speech-Language Pathology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Assistive Technology, Communication Disorders, Neurodegenerative Diseases
503 494-2732



Betts is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist specializing in augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technology. She has been a Research Associate with REKNEW (Reclaiming Expressive KNowledge in Elders With communication impairments) Projects since 2012, working with Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken on research aiming to improve communication for individuals with severe speech and physical impairments. Her primary research focus is on the development and refinement of a brain-computer interface system that can be used for communication by people with locked-in syndrome. Before joining the REKNEW team, Betts worked as an assistive technology specialist for people with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).



MA, Speech-Language Pathology, Northwestern University, 2008
BA, Speech & Hearing Sciences, Portland State University, 2005
BA, French, Reed College, 2002


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.

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. Peters, B., Bieker, G., Heckman, S. M., Huggins, J. E., Wolf, C., Zeitlin, D., & Fried-Oken, M. (in press). Brain-computer interface users speak up: The Virtual Users' Forum at the 2013 International BCI Meeting. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  2. Fried-Oken, M., Mooney, A., Peters, B., & Oken, B. (2015). A clinical screening protocol for the RSVP Keyboard™ brain computer interface. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 10(1), 11-18. DOI:10.3109/17483107.2013.836684. NIHMSID # 521124.
  3. 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. NIHMSID # 500124.
  4. 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.