Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering, Pediatrics and Otolaryngology at OHSU
Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., CCC-Sp, is an internationally recognized expert in AAC for adults with developmental and acquired disabilities. With a Ph.D. from Boston University in the Interdisciplinary Study of Language Behavior, she has combined her expertise in psycholinguistics and clinical speech-language pathology to advance the science of AAC. Since 1985, she has received and successfully managed over $9.5 million in federal grant funds on AAC for people with CCN; she has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles. Her research interests lie in understanding how people use AAC technologies and techniques for interaction, especially for those who are challenged by progressive neurological disease. She has mentored doctoral students and post- docs, and holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Portland State University. Her expertise has been recognized with the RESNA Honors of the Association (1997) and RESNA Special Interest Group Award (1988), the Louis DiCarlo Award for Clinical Excellence in Oregon (1997), the Technical Merit Award for Research from The ALS Association (2004), and the 2013 Research Excellence Award from the OHSU Institute on Development & Disabilities.
Fried-Oken, M. (2019, May). Supporting the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in research. Presentation at the 2019 AAC Doctoral Student Research Think Tank, University Park, PA.