Dr. Fried-Oken paper selected as AAC Outstanding Research Paper for 2012

May 9, 2013

Der. OkenA  paper by Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., professor of neurology with a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was selected for the 2012 Editors’ Award for Outstanding Research Paper published in Augmentative and Alternative Communication Journal, the official journal of the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

The award-winning paper is:

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, 219-231.

“This award is clear recognition of the exceptionally high quality of your research, and its significant impact on the field of augmentative and alternative communication,” said the AAC. “The award is determined through a confidential vote of the Associate Editors of the journal, without input from the Editors, and is clear evidence of the value that the editorial board places on your published work.”

Dr. Fried-Oken is a certified speech-language pathologist at OHSU 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 was associate editor of the international journal, Augmentative and Alternative Communication and adjunct faculty at Portland State University where she taught the AAC graduate course in 2006.

Along with Dr. Hank Bersani of Western Oregon University, Melanie edited the book Speaking Up and Spelling It Out, a collection of essays written by adults with disabilities using speech technology. Dr. Fried-Oken has a number of federal grants to research communication technology for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases and the normally aging population.

She is a member of the Center for Spoken Language Understanding. At OIDD, she facilitates the Research and Outreach Council, a group of principal investigators and research coordinators who conduct disability-related projects. She sits on a number of national boards, review panels and committees related to augmentative and alternative communication and speech-language pathology.