CDH Seminar Series presents "Feasibility of a Remote Mobile App-based Protocol for Cognitive Screening in Cognitively Normal Older Adults" with Louisa Thompson, PhD. The validation and implementation of widely accessible, non-invasive, and cost-effective screening tools to capture early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) in older adults is an urgent public health need. App-based cognitive assessments that can be deployed remotely are rapidly becoming more feasible and acceptable. Prior research in adults has shown that, when used in short-term repeated sessions, this method can have similar or better reliability and validity compared to standard in-clinic assessments. This talk will review the recent literature on novel digital approaches to cognitive assessment in older adults and present preliminary data on adherence and acceptability for a remote app-based cognitive screening protocol for cognitively healthy adults over 60.
Louisa Thompson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Research Neuropsychologist in the Butler Hospital Memory and Aging Program. She completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in neuropsychology, at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. She completed her residency training at the University of California San Diego with a focus on older adults, and then came to the Memory and Aging Program to complete her fellowship as part of the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. Her particular research interests include evaluating novel technologies and methods for identifying individuals at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and improving screening methods for Alzheimer’s clinical trials. In 2020 she was awarded an Alzheimer's Association Clinician Scientist Fellowship for her project titled "Implementing digital cognitive test".