Glory Noethe, MPH

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Research Associate
Academic Interests: Public Health, Gerontology, Dementia, Assistive Technology, Disability
503 494-2743



Glory Noethe has been a part of the OHSU community since 1999. She started working in pediatric rehabilitation where she built and repaired adaptive equipment and taught children how to use powered mobility. During that time she also took a temporary position working as an administrator for the Assistive Technology Program. In 2003, she shifted her focus to research and became a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken and the REKNEW (Reclaiming Expressive Knowledge in Elders With communication impairments) projects. This research seeks to improve communication in those with locked-in syndrome and neurodegenerative diseases. As research coordinator of multiple REKNEW projects, Glory is responsible for subject recruitment, research compliance, data collection and management, team collaboration and communication, and dissemination.



Graduate Certificate- Gerontology, Portland State University, 2010
Master of Public Health – Health Promotion, Portland State University, 2009
Bachelor of Science – Health Education: Health Sciences, Portland State University, 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.

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. Fried-Oken, M., Fox, L, Rau, M.T., Tullman, J., Baker, G., Hindal, M., Wile, N., Lou, J.S.  (2006). Purposes of AAC Device  Use for Persons with ALS as Reported by Caregivers. Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 22(3): 209- 221.
  2. Fried-Oken, M., Rowland, C., Baker, G., Dixon, M., Mills, C., Schultz, D., Oken, B. (2009). The Effect of  Voice Output  on AAC-Supported Conversations of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease.ACM Transactions of Accessible  Computing (TACCESS). 1(3).
  3. Bieker, G., Noethe, G., Fried-Oken, M. (2011). Brain computer interface: Locked in and Reaching New Heights. Speak  Up: The Voice of AAC. 1: 2-5.
  4. Fried-Oken, M., Rowland, C., Daniels, D., Dixon, M., Fuller, B., Mills, C., Noethe, G., Small, J., Still, K., Oken, B. (2012).  AAC to Support Conversation in Persons with Moderate Alzheimer's Disease.Augmentative and Alternative  Communication, 28(4), 219-231.