Research Studies

Ongoing Projects

Impact of Hearing Loss on Brain and Cognition in Older Adults

This study is examining the cognitive and neural consequences of untreated mild-to-moderate age-related hearing loss in older adults.

Collaborator: Dr. Fatima Husain, UIUC

Funding: American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

Neural Markers of Strategic Attention

This study is examining the effects of healthy cognitive aging and mild cognitive impairment on strategic attention and learning through behavioral and electroencephalographic measures.

Collaborator: Dr. Daniel Llano, UIUC

Funding: Carle Clinical Research Program

Benefits of Social Engagement Using Video Technology for Economically Disadvantaged Older Adults

This study is exploring whether social isolation can be prevented with the use of video technology among older adults, specifically those who are economically disadvantaged.

Collaborators: Dr. Wendy A Rogers, UIUC; Potluck, LLC; CJE Senior Life

Funding: Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) seed grant

Enhancing Neurocognitive Health, Abilities, Networks, and Community Engagement (ENHANCE)

This research aims to (i) understand the daily challenges of adults with cognitive disability due to mild cognitive imapirment, stroke, and traumatic brain injury and (ii) identify existing and emerging technologies that can help mitigate these challenges.

Collaborators: Dr. Wendy A Rogers, UIUC; Weill Cornell Medicine; Florida State University

Funding: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Completed Projects

Neural Markers of Subjective Cognitive Impairment

This study examined the effects of subjective cognitive impairment and mild cognitive impairment on semantic abstraction using event-related potentials.

Collaborators: Dr. John Hart Jr., UTD; Dr. Kyle Womack, UTSW

Funding: Alzheimer's Association New Investigator Grant (NIRG-i 1-173815)

Neural Markers of Strategic Learning in Individuals with Subjective Memory Impairment

This study examined strategic attention and learning in young adults, normally aging seniors, and individuals with subjective cognitive impairment using event-related potentials.

Collaborator: Dr. Daniel Llano, UIUC

Strategy-Based Cognitive Training in Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment

This study examined the effects of two short-term group-based cognitive training programs in participants with mild cognitive impairment.

Collaborator: Dr. Sandra Chapman, UTD

Funding: CHAD Pilot Grant

Supporting Social Engagement Through Technology for Older Adults With and Without MCI

This study was aimed at establishing feasibility and proof-of-concept of the OneClick video chat platform as a tool for social engagement for older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment.

Collaborator: Dr. Wendy Rogers, UIUC; Potluck, LLC (creaters of OneClick.chat platform), Philadelphia, PA

Funding: NIH Small Business Innovation Research grant (1 R43 AG059450-01)