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April 2023: Congratulations to Kayla Chan for successfully defending her Honors Thesis at the summa cum laude level in the UMN Department of Psychology! Kayla's Honors Thesis was awarded the best Honors Thesis Award from the Department of Psychology, which is well deserved! Kayla's Thesis is titled "Associations Between Psychological Factors, Objective Cognition, and Subjective Memory Complaints in Older Adults"

March 2023: Congratulations to Claire Mueller for accepting an admission offer for a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of St. Thomas set to begin in Fall 2023! Congratulations to Catherine Ju (West Virginia University) and Destiny Weaver (Wayne State University) for accepting admission offers for Clinical Psychology PhD programs set to begin in Fall 2023!

December 2022: Congratulations to Kayla Chan for being awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Award for the Spring Semester! She will be working on a project involved in better understanding the associations between subjective cognitive decline and mental well-being in older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment.  

November 2022: Congratulations to Catherine Ju for presenting her past research about ethnic identification and grandparent-grandchild relationships in Asian and Asian American young adults at The Gerontological Society of America's 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting earlier this month!

October 2022: Congratulations to Kayla Chan and Destiny Weaver for receiving acceptances on their abstracts for the International Neuropsychological Society 2023 Annual Meeting!

July 2022: Congratulations to former lab member Mira Leese, whose manuscript was recently accepted by The Clinical Neuropsychologist! This work involves preliminary normative data, demographic associations, and attitudes towards the Survey for Memory, Attention, and Reaction Time (SMART), a brief, web-based cognitive assessment.


De Vito, A.N., Ju, C.H., Lee, S.Y., Kuperwajs Cohen, A., Trofimova, A.D., Liu, Y., Eichten, A., Hughes, A. (Accepted) Cognitive dispersion is related to subtle objective daily functioning changes in older adults with and without cognitive impairment. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Disease Monitoring.

Bernstein, J. P. K., Mattek, N., Dorociak, K. E., Beattie, Z. T., Kaye, J. A., Ferguson, J. E., & Hughes, A. M. (2022). Age Predicts Older Adults' Driving Self-Regulation but Not Dangerous Driving Behaviors after Controlling for Executive Function. Gerontology68(1), 98–105. doi: 10.1159/000515497

Leese, M. I., Mattek, N., Bernstein, J. P. K., Dorociak, K. E., Gothard, S., Kaye, J., & Hughes, A. M. (2022). The survey for memory, attention, and reaction time (SMART): Preliminary normative online panel data and user attitudes for a brief web-based cognitive performance measure. The Clinical neuropsychologist, 1–19. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2022.2103033

Bernstein, J. P. K., Dorociak, K., Mattek, N., Leese, M., Trapp, C., Beattie, Z., Kaye, J., & Hughes, A. (2021). Unobtrusive, in-home assessment of older adults' everyday activities and health events: associations with cognitive performance over a brief observation period. Neuropsychology, development, and cognition. Section B, Aging, neuropsychology and cognition29(5), 781–798. doi: 10.1080/13825585.2021.1917503

Dorociak, K. E., Mattek, N., Lee, J., Leese, M. I., Bouranis, N., Imtiaz, D., Gothard, S., Kaye, J. A., & Hughes, A. M. (2021). Utility and usability of brief, remote, and self‐administered cognitive assessment for older adults with intact cognition and mild cognitive impairment: A novel approach to increase access during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Alzheimer's & Dementia17(Suppl 6), e055848. doi: 10.1002/alz.055848

Bernstein, J. P., Noland, M. D., Dorociak, K. E., Leese, M. I., Lee, S. Y., & Hughes, A. (2021). Executive functioning predicts discrepancies between objective and self-reported physical activity in older adults: a pilot study. Neuropsychology, development, and cognition. Section B, Aging, neuropsychology and cognition, 1–11. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13825585.2021.1982857.

Leese, M. I., Bernstein, J. P. K., Dorociak, K. E., Mattek, N., Wu, C. Y., Beattie, Z., Dodge, H. H., Kaye, J., & Hughes, A. M. (2021). Older Adults' Daily Activity and Mood Changes Detected During the COVID-19 Pandemic Using Remote Unobtrusive Monitoring Technologies. Innovation in aging5(4), igab032. doi: 10.1093/geroni/igab032

Leese, M. I., Dorociak, K. E., Noland, M., Gaugler, J. E., Mattek, N., & Hughes, A. (2021). Use of in-home activity monitoring technologies in older adult veterans with mild cognitive impairment: The impact of attitudes and cognition. Gerontechnology : international journal on the fundamental aspects of technology to serve the ageing society20(2), 1–12. doi: 10.4017/gt.2021.

Bernstein, J. P. K., Dorociak, K. E., Mattek, N., Leese, M., Beattie, Z. T., Kaye, J. A., & Hughes, A. (2021). Passively-Measured Routine Home Computer Activity and Application Use Can Detect Mild Cognitive Impairment and Correlate with Important Cognitive Functions in Older Adulthood. Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD81(3), 1053–1064. doi: 10.3233/JAD-210049

Bernstein, J., Rich, T., McKnight, S., Mehr, J., Ferguson, J., & Hughes, A. (2021). On-road driving test performance in veterans: Effects of age, clinical diagnosis and cognitive measures. Journal of safety research77, 40–45. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2021.01.005

Dorociak, K. E., Mattek, N., Lee, J., Leese, M. I., Bouranis, N., Imtiaz, D., Doane, B. M., Bernstein, J. P. K., Kaye, J. A., & Hughes, A. M. (2021). The Survey for Memory, Attention, and Reaction Time (SMART): Development and Validation of a Brief Web-Based Measure of Cognition for Older Adults. Gerontology67(6), 740–752. doi: 10.1159/00051487

Media and Press

Aging, Alzheimer’s and the St. Cloud VA (Minnesota Military Radio Interview)

Can Your Car Tell If You Have Dementia? (Car and Driver Magazine Article)

Clues to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s From How You Use Your Computer (Wall Street Journal Newspaper Article)

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