Aging and Cognition Research Clinic (ACRC)

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

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.

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

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

  • 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.