Aging and Cognition Research Clinic (ACRC)

The ACRC is located in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
in the Music Building (MB) on the Hayward campus.

ACRC Personnel

Director and Principal Investigator: Dr. Nidhi Mahendra
Graduate Assistants: Holly Bergstrom
CSR Funded Fellows: Kate Murphy, April Nguyen, Natalie Sanford, Julie Spicer

Lab Alumni: Allegra Apple, Susan Carroll, Adithya Chandregowda, Serena Cooper, Emily Dionne, Nisha Engineer, Karen Fremont, Cayce Hamerschlag, Josie Heckenberg, Danielle Reed, Katie Schoneman, Amanda Scullion, Michaela Teel

Volunteer Alumni: Angela Barber, Holly Hamilton, Thomas Hickey, Kristine Kaplan, Joanna La, Laura Ludlow, Amal Maghazil, Dawn Robinson-Carreiro, Tamar Solomon, Danielle Toms, Reva Wilheim (University of Arizona)

Students interested in participating in our research? Please contact Dr. Mahendra directly at

2014 Research Assistants for the ACRC
Current ACRC Research Assistants
Left-Right: Natalie Sanford, Holly Bergstrom, Julie Spicer, Kate Murphy

Former ACRC Research Assistants
Left-Right: Susan Carroll, Katie Schoneman, Nisha Engineer, Amanda Scullion, Cayce Hamerschlag, Adithya Chandregowda

The Goals of the ACRC are to:

  • Enhance cognitive and communication wellness and quality of life for all bay area seniors through research, advocacy, and service learning.
  • Study aspects of typical and atypical cognition in older adults
  • Document the best methods for assessment of spared and impaired abilities in healthy elders and person with dementia and aphasia
  • Develop evidence-based cognitive interventions for healthy adults and persons with mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and aphasia
  • To learn more about my completed research funded by the Alzheimer's Association, click here.

To learn more about our activities, click below to view ACRC newsletters.

Fall 2012 ACRC newsletter
January 2011 ACRC newsletter
January 2010 ACRC newsletter
January 2009 ACRC newsletter
January 2008 ACRC newsletter
January 2007 ACRC newsletter

CSUEB students at INS conference, 2013
CSD Alumni Karen Fremont and Emily Dionne present at the
2013 International Neuropsychological Society Meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii

Current Funding:

  • 2012-2015: The California Wellness Foundation
  • 2013-2014: Research Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant, CSUEB

Completed Funding:

  • 2012-2013: Masonic Home for Adults
  • 2012-2013: Research Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant, CSUEB
  • 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012: Faculty Learning Community Grants, CSUEB
  • 2011-2012: Research Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant, CSUEB
  • 2006-2010: Alzheimer’s Association, Everyday Technology for Alzheimer Care (ETAC) Initiative
  • 2006-2008: Multicultural research grant, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • 2006-2007: Research Scholarly Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant, CSUEB

Collaborating Clinical Sites:

  • Masonic Home for Adults, Union City
  • Summerville at Landmark Villa
  • Ralph and Mary Ruggieri Senior Center, Union City
  • Aegis of Fremont and Carlton Plaza
  • Fremont Hills Assisted Living

ACRC Research and Publications

Publications – Chapters

  • Mahendra, N., & Hopper, T. (2011). Dementia and related cognitive disorders. In I. Papathanasiou, P. Coppens, C. Potagas (Eds). Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Communication Disorders. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
  • Bayles, K. A., Mahendra, N., Hopper, T. (2011). Dementia. In K. Hilari and N. Botting (Eds.) The impact of communication disability across the lifespan. London, UK: J & R Press.
  • Mahendra, N. (2011). Overview of aphasia and approaches to aphasia intervention. In R. Koul (Ed.) Augmentative and alternative communication for adults with aphasia. London, UK: Emerald Publishers.
  • Mahendra, N. (2010). An adult with dementia of the Alzheimer type: A roadmap for screening, assessment, and cognitive-linguistic interventions. In S. Chabon & E. Cohn (Eds). The Communication Disorders Casebook: Learning by Example. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Publications – Select Journal Articles

ACRC Media Spotlight

Former ACRC research assistants participate in the 2009 Memory Walk
Left to right: Andrea Gardner, Katie Schoneman, Susan Carroll, Nisha Engineer

Useful Resources and Links on Aging and Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Association

Local Area Resources

Other Resources

ACRC Poster Presentation at 2008 Convention of the California Speech Language Hearing Association
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