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

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

Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD, CCC-SLP is a certified speech-language pathologist and a leading international clinician and researcher in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) where she provides expertise about assistive technology for persons with acquired disabilities who cannot use speech or writing for expression. Dr. Fried-Oken leads a number of federal grants to research communication technology for persons with Locked-In Syndrome, Primary Progressive Aphasia, Alzheimer's disease, ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases. She is a partner in the NIDILRR funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC). She leads a translational research team in the development and research of brain-computer interfaces and other AAC technologies. Dr. Fried-Oken’s greatest passion is to identify challenges of people with complex communication needs that are not being met by current AAC practices, and to develop technologies or intervention strategies that help people participate to their greatest potential.


  • B.A., University of Rochester, Rochester New York 1976
  • M.A., Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois 1978
  • Ph.D., Boston University, Boston Massachusetts 1984

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


  • "On visually evoked potentials in eeg induced by multiple pseudorandom binary sequences for brain computer interface design"   2011
  • "Brain-computer interface with language model-electroencephalography fusion for locked-in syndrome" Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair  2014
  • "Developing the ICF-CY for AAC profile and code set for children who rely on AAC" AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication March 2012
  • "Speech and Language processing as assistive technologies" Computer Speech and Language  2013
  • "AAC and ICF" AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication March 2012
  • "The effect of voice output on AAC-supported conversations of persons with Alzheimer's disease" ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing February 2009
  • "Augmented input reveals word deafness in a man with frontotemporal dementia" Behavioural Neurology  2012
  • "Improving the intelligibility of dysarthric speech" Speech Communication September 2007
  • "Huffman scanning" Computer Speech and Language  2013
  • "Effects of conversational topic choice on outcomes of augmentative communication intervention for adults with aphasia" Aphasiology  2001
  • "What’s on your mind? Conversation topics chosen by people with degenerative cognitive-linguistic disorders for communication boards" American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology  2015
  • "A clinical screening protocol for the RSVP Keyboard brain-computer interface" Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology January 1 2015
  • "Access interface strategies." Assistive Technology March 2011
  • "An ERP-based brain-computer interface for text entry using rapid serial visual presentation and language modeling"   2011
  • "Research to practice" AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication September 2001
  • "Huffman and linear scanning methods with statistical language models" AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication March 1 2015
  • "Purposes of AAC device use for persons with ALS as reported by caregivers" AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication September 2006
  • "Been there, done that" AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication September 2001
  • "Voice recognition device as a computer interface for motor and speech impaired people" Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation  1985
  • "Offline analysis of context contribution to ERP-based typing BCI performance" Journal of Neural Engineering December 2013
  • "Supporting communication for patients with neurodegenerative disease" NeuroRehabilitation August 22 2015
  • "PRESPEEC"   1983
  • "AAC aphasiology" AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication December 1996
  • "Current and future AAC research considerations for adults with acquired cognitive and communication impairments" Assistive Technology March 1 2012
  • "AAC strategies and tools for persons with dementia" ASHA Leader March 16 2010
  • "Intelligibility of modifications to dysarthric speech"   2003
  • "Improved accuracy using recursive bayesian estimation based language model fusion in ERP-based BCI typing systems." Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference  2012
  • "Augmentative and alternative communication for people with progressive neuromuscular disease" Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America August 2012

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