Melanie B. Fried-Oken, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine


Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a research speech-language pathologist who provides expertise about assistive technology for people with acquired disabilities who cannot use speech or writing to communicate. She is a leading international clinician and researcher in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Dr. Fried-Oken has led a number of federal grants to research communication technology for people with:

She leads a translational research team, the Consortium for Accessible Multimodal Brain-Body Interfaces (CAMBI), that develops and evaluates brain-computer interfaces and other AAC technologies. 

Dr. Fried-Oken’s greatest passion is to identify gaps in current AAC practices for people with complex communication needs and to develop ways to help people participate to their greatest potential.

Education and training

    • B.A., 1976, University of Rochester
    • M.A., 1978, Northwestern University
    • Ph.D., 1984, Boston University

Memberships and associations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America


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