a Seminar

Monday, 01/22/2024 to 01/22/2024, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: Online

Center for Advancing Sociodemographic and Economic Study of Alzheimer’s Disease (CeASES – ADRD)
Monday, January 22, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST
(8 am – 10 am PST)

In person at the UT Austin Glickman Center- RLP 1.302B
Webinar: https://utexas.zoom.us/s/96976733733


Dr. Jason Hassenstab is the director of the Cognitive Technology Research Laboratory (CTRLab) at Washington University in St. Louis. He also leads the Cognition Cores for the Dominantly-Inherited Alzheimer Network-Trials Unit (DIAN-TU) and the DIAN observational study and the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The CTRLab’s focus is on using technology to improve cognitive assessments in Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders. We use measurement burst designs, based on principles from ecological momentary assessment, to measure cognition rapidly and frequently on smartphones in normal and clinical populations. We also develop web-based cognitive assessments designed to be sensitive to the very earliest stages of neurodegenerative disease. Dr. Hassenstab has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2007 and also receives funding from foundations. His most recent projects include development of the Ambulatory Research in Cognition (ARC) smartphone application for the DIAN observational study, the DIAN-TU Phase III clinical trials, and the Healthy Aging and Senile Dementia program project grant at the Knight ADRC. Prior to pursuing academics, Dr. Hassenstab toured internationally as a professional jazz saxophonist, often sporting a purple pinstriped zoot suit, and made hundreds of dollars. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance at New York University and a PhD in psychology under mentorship of Dr. Antonio Convit at New York University and Fordham University. He then completed a Fellowship at Brown University and joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2010.

Dr. Raeanne Moore’s research focuses on using innovative mobile technologies to improve assessment of daily, cognitive, and emotional functioning among older adults with chronic medical problems (e.g., HIV) and serious mental illness. Her current work utilizes Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) and wearable technology as low cost, efficient, objective measures of everyday functioning among older persons with HIV. She is also studying the effectiveness of mobile cognitive tests (administered via smartphones) to identify the influence of environmental, social, psychological, and behavioral influences on real-time cognitive function. Dr. Moore is involved in interdisciplinary collaborations with investigators from global public health, engineering, wireless technologies, computer science, and medicine to further develop innovative technology-based, real-time assessment techniques for research and clinical use.

Dr. Nelson Roque’s research focuses on the cognitive process of visual attention, involving the ability to retain awareness and focus on attriutes of the visual scene, and vital to everyday functioning. He has focused on ways to reliably measure visual attention, how it relates to individual difference factors (e.g., age, sleep quality, lifetime pollutant exposure), and translating insights from theoretical work in visual attention to applied contexts (e.g., medication errors).

His interdisciplinary grant-funded research program makes use of mobile assessment methods (i.e., delivery of cognitive assessments online and via mobile devices), and passive sensing of context (e.g., GPS lifespace, naturalistic driving behaviors, and pollutant exposure) to better understand cognition in daily life across the lifespan.