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

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  • Professor, Neurology, Pediatrics, Biomedical Engineering and Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine


  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Rehabilitation

Special focus

  • ALS and Frontotemporal Degeneration
  • Communication
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Neurology
  • Speech Language Pathology

Locations and contact

I see patients at

About me

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.

Languages spoken

  • English

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • 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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