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Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, Ph.D.
Washington State University
Areas of Interest:
technology, mild cognitive impairment, everyday functioning
Biography & Research:
Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe is a Regents Professor and Herbert L. Eastlick Distinguished Professorship at Washington State University in the Department of Psychology. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist, with specialty training in Neuropsychology. Her research has been funded by multiple NIH institutes, NSF, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Department of Defense, and by the Life Sciences Discovery Fund and Attorney General’s Office of Washington State. She has authored or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications investigating cognitive changes, everyday functioning and cognitive and health interventions with aging, neurodegenerative diseases and traumatic brain injury populations. The long-term goal of her research is to keep older adults functioning independently at home with high quality of life, while also reducing caregiver burden and cost of care to society. Dr. Schmitter-Edgecombe has mentored >20 doctoral students in the field of clinical neuropsychology and worked extensively with aging and cognitively impaired populations. Dr. Schmitter-Edgecombe and her colleagues are opening the door to new avenues of health and science research in gerontechnology by training a new breed of students in complementary disciplines (e.g., computer science, engineering, psychology and health care). The goal of this transdisciplinary research is to extend the everyday functional independence of the aging population by developing smart technologies that promote proactive health care and real-time intervention.