Betts Peters, M.A., CCC-SLP

  • Research Associate, Institute on Development and Disability, School of Medicine


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).


  • B.A., 2002, Reed College
  • B.A., 2002, Reed College
  • B.A., 2005, Portland State University
  • B.A., 2005, Portland State University
  • M.A., 2008, Northwestern University
  • M.A., 2008, Northwestern University
  • Certifications:

    • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)

Memberships and associations

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Oregon Speech-Language & Hearing Association

Areas of interest

  • Brain-Computer Interface
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Assistive Technology
  • Locked-In Syndrome
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases


Selected publications

  • Peters, B., Mooney, A., Oken, B. & Fried-Oken, M. (2016). Soliciting BCI user experience feedback from people with severe speech and physical impairments. Brain-Computer Interfaces, 3(1), 47-58.
  • Andresen, E.M., Fried-Oken, M., Peters, B., & Patrick, D.L. (2016). Initial constructs for patient-centered outcome measures to evaluate brain-computer interfaces. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 11:7, 548-557.
  • Fried-Oken, M., Mooney, A., & Peters, B. (2015). Supporting communication for patients with neurodegenerative disease. NeuroRehabilitation, 37(1), 69-87.
  • Peters, B., Bieker, G., Heckman, S. M., Huggins, J. E., Wolf, C., Zeitlin, D., & Fried-Oken, M. (2015). Brain-computer interface users speak up: the Virtual Users' Forum at the 2013 International BCI Meeting. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(3 Suppl 1), S33-S37.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Peters, B., Higger, M., Quivira, F., Bedrick, S., Dudy, S., Eddy, B. ... & Erdogmus, D. (2018). Effects of simulated visual acuity and ocular motility impairments on SSVEP brain-computer interface performance: An experiment with Shuffle Speller. Brain-Computer Interfaces, 5(2-3), 58-72.
  • Klein, E., Peters, B., & Higger, M. (2018). Ethical considerations in ending exploratory brain–computer interface research studies in locked-in syndrome. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 27(4), 660-674.
  • Eddy, B., Garrett, S.C., Rajen, S., Peters, B., Wiedrick, J., McLaughlin, D., O’Connor, A., Renda, A., Huggins, J. E., & Fried-Oken, M. (2019). Trends in research participant categories and descriptions in abstracts from the International BCI Meeting series, 1999 to 2016. Brain-Computer Interfaces. DOI:10.1080/2326263X.2019.1643203.


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