Current Projects

Computerized Cognitive Training in Middle-Aged Adults with Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Pilot Study (COGMA)

ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT04421690

We are investigating the effects of computerized cognitive training games on anxiety, sleep, and cognition (mental abilities) in middle-aged adults with high levels of anxiety. We are currently recruiting middle-aged adults aged 45-59 who have high levels of anxiety or have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. If eligible, participants will undergo an 8 week at home training program consisting of several weekly sessions of computerized training. The entire study will be completed online.

Participants will be provided with compensation for completing the study. If you are interested in participating in the COGMA study contact us at cashlab@health.missouri.edu.

Playing brain games for better sleep and cognition in older adults (PLAY)

Clinical Trials identifier: NCT04282642

Funding provided by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation

We are investigating the effects of computerized games on sleep and cognition in older adults with insomnia. We are currently recruiting older adults aged 60 or older who have problems falling and/or staying asleep. If eligible, participants will undergo a six week at home training program consisting of several weekly sessions of computerized game playing. Participants will be provided with compensation for completing the study. If you are interested in participating in the PLAY study contact us at cashlab@health.missouri.edu.

Upcoming

Sex differences in sleep and cognition: A Meta-Analysis

We will be conducting a meta-analysis investigating the current evidence regarding sex-specific associations between sleep and cognition in older adults. Results will inform knowledge regarding potential sex-specific trajectories of cognitive change or risk of cognitive impairment as a result of poor sleep.

Cueing Cognition in Individuals with Sleep Disturbance (CUES)

We will be examining the effects of providing environmental cues in various modalities (e.g., visual, auditory) on attention and memory functioning in older adults with insomnia.

Research on insomnia, cognition, and sex differences in older adults (RISE-OA)

We will be investigating differences in cognitive performance between men and women with insomnia.

Completed Projects Under Analysis

Cognition, Anxiety, and Sleep in Middle-aged and Older adults During COVID-19 (CAGES)

We are investigating the associations between COVID-19 related psychological factors with sleep, cognition, and other behaviors in middle-aged and older adults in the United States. We are also exploring the impact of demographic factors (such as age and sex) on these relationships. Participants completed an online survey and several online tasks that measured objective cognition/mental abilities. Data collection is now complete. Analyses and manuscripts from the CAGES project are currently in preparation.