Research Studies

Ongoing Projects

Facilitators and Barriers for using a Digital Medication Self-management System

The goal of the project is to adapt a validated digital health intervention called Medication Education, Decision Support, Reminding, and Monitoring (MEDSReM) system to support self-management of hypertension medication for persons with mild cognitive impairment.

Funding: National Institutes of Health (NIH): National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Video Technology-based Social Engagement Intervention for Family Care Partners of Persons with Dementia

The aim of this study is to obtain feedback from care partners about a social engagement program delivered through a video technology platform.

Funding: RRF Foundation for Aging

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.

Funding: Carle Clinical Research Program

Enhancing Quality of Life for Older Adults With and Without Mild Cognitive Impairment through Social Engagement Over Video Technology

The purpose of this intervention study is to examine whether using a new video chat system, called OneClick, improves social engagement in older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment.

Funding: NIH Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Grant (R44 AG059450)

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 impairment, stroke, and traumatic brain injury and (ii) identify existing and emerging technologies that can help mitigate these challenges.

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

Completed Projects

Impact of Hearing Loss on Brain and Cognition in Older Adults

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

Funding: American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

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

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

Funding: Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) seed grant

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.

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 impairments.

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.

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