Research and Evaluation

Activating Rural Clinics and Women with Disabilities to Improve Cancer Screening. 

This project addresses the important problem of disparities in cancer screening experienced by rural women with physical disabilities. The study will pilot test an innovative practical approach for overcoming barriers to screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer among rural women with physical disabilities.

Design to Learn

The D2L Projects focus on research and strategies developed to address the educational needs of children and adults with severe disabilities, such as multiple and "low-incidence" disabilities including deafblindness and autism.

Health Disparities

Our health disparities projects focus on preventable and unjust differences in health, access to health care, or quality of health care affecting people with disabilities.

National Core Indicators

This project is a collaborative project between the OHSU UCEDD and the Oregon Office of Developmental Disability Services. Four hundred adults a who have I/DD and receive one other state service beyond case management are personally interviewed annually in order to find out how services and support help people with developmental disabilities.

Quantitation of Oral-Motor Function in Infants.

This project seeks to test a device that measures feeding of newborn babies, both normal babies and those with disability or who are premature.  The goals include enrolling and studying up to 600 newborns, and examining trajectories of feeding behaviors over time.

REKNEW Projects

REKNEW Projects research ways Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can support adults with degenerative neurological disease as they experience complex communication impairments.

Efficacy of AAC apps and different vocabulary layouts on conversation in degenerative language disorders.

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken and team partner with Penn State University to study the effects of various language organization layouts used in mobile technology apps for adults with primary progressive aphasia (PPA). Data are taken during conversational interactions with researchers and familiar conversation partners to inform which vocabulary layout type is most helpful to persons with PPA.

Translational refinement of adaptive communication system for locked-in patients.

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken and team partner with Northeastern University to develop a communication system, also known as a brain-computer interface (BCI), for persons with minimal movement and speech. The system uses brain signals to select rapidly displayed letters for message construction in people who are locked-in.