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Adriana Hughes, PhD

Staff Neuropsychologist, Minneapolis VA
Investigator, Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center (GRECC), Minneapolis VA
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota
BA San Diego State University; MS Pacific University; PhD Washington State University
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My research is focused on improving earlier detection and monitoring of cognitive and functional nstrumental activities of daily living (IADL) decline in normal aging, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer's Disease (AD)/ADRD through innovative in-home and mobile activity monitoring technologies and advanced data analytics. My research has been independently funded by grants from the national Alzheimer’s Association, Oregon Partnership for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, OHSU NIA Roybal Center pilot program, Veterans Affairs Research & Development CSRD, and by the NIH/NIA. As lead investigator on these projects, I have experience in leading methodologically and conceptually complex interdisciplinary projects and working with large datasets of continuous, high frequency sensor activity data. Over the last decade, this work has yielded 29 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of cognitive and functional decline in aging, MCI, and AD, ecologically valid cognitive assessment, early detection of cognitive decline in older adults at risk for dementia using in-home activity monitoring technologies, assistive IADL prompting technologies for older adults, and direct-to-home telehealth for dementia care and caregiver support.
Full bibliography on PubMed
VA Research Topics
Neuropsychology; Alzheimer's Disease
MeSH Key Words
Alzheimer Disease; Neuropsychology; Wireless Technology; Dementia; Cognition Disorders; Cognitive Dysfunction; Early Diagnosis
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ORCID | ResearchGate
University of Minnesota profile | UMN Center for Healthy Aging & Innovation | Minneapolis GRECC