Nikki Hill, PhD, RN
Dr. Hill is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Penn State. Her research focuses on identifying older adults at risk for cognitive decline and tailoring non-pharmacological interventions to meet individual goals. This includes investigating the relationship between subjective and objective cognition in later life, assessment of preclinical Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, as well as the impact of individual factors on activity engagement in older adults. Dr. Hill is Associate Director of Penn State's Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and leads the Community-Based Research Network, a collaborative of nursing faculty across Pennsylvania who facilitate community-engaged research efforts. Click here for Dr. Hill's research profile.
Sakshi Bhargava, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Dr. Bhargava joined the ReMind Lab after completing her PhD in Developmental Psychology at Penn State in August 2017. She brings her expertise in advanced statistical methods, dissemination of research findings, and project management to the team. Dr. Bhargava previously investigated the development of children and adolescents in multiple contexts, and applies a developmental perspective to aging that further enhances the interdisciplinary strengths of the Lab.
Jacqueline Mogle, PhD
Dr. Mogle is an Assistant Research Professor of College of Health and Human Development, the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State. She has a PhD in Experimental Psychology and her research expertise includes development of methods for the assessment of cognition in naturalistic environments. Dr. Mogle uses a combination of subjective and objective methods to create a broader snapshot of cognitive performance. These assessments allow more ecologically valid approaches to the estimation of cognitive functioning. She also has extensive experience in the application of powerful statistical models like multilevel modeling to understand within-person processes across brief windows (e.g., days) as well as longer periods of time (i.e., years). Click here for Dr. Mogle's research profile.
Hyejin Kim, PhD, APRN
Dr. Kim’s research focuses on illness perceptions (i.e., individuals’ subjective beliefs about their health conditions), self-management, and decision-making in late-life cognitive impairment (e.g., mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease). Four years of clinical experience as a Staff Nurse also led her to discover her strong passion for research on brain health. As a Postdoctoral Scholar in the ReMind Lab, she hopes her expertise in late-life cognitive health contributes to the team, and ultimately, development of interventions to enhance quality of life in older adults with cognitive impairment
Emily Bratlee-Whitaker, MS, RN
Emily moved to State College to attend Penn State in 2012. After graduating from the nursing program she worked on an Intensive Care Unit, but quickly realized that nursing research is her true passion. She joined the ReMind Lab in October 2016, and soon decided to pursue her PhD at the College of Nursing. Emily is particularly interested in how individual factors such as personality influence the experience of preclinical Alzheimer's disease symptoms.
Iris Bhang, MS, RN
Iris is a PhD student in the College of Nursing at Penn State. She worked as a Registered Nurse in a Critical Care Unit and Emergency Department. Her research interests include preclinical stages of Alzheimer's disease, depression, and cognition in older adults. Iris is grateful and excited to join the ReMind Lab and be a part of the team!
Logan Sweeder, BSN, RN
Logan graduated from Penn State's BSN program in May of 2018. After graduation, she decided to pursue her PhD with the College of Nursing at Penn State. She is currently working as a graduate assistant under the supervision of Dr. Nikki Hill. Logan is interested in anxiety related to transitions in care among older adults with cognitive impairment.
Affiliated Faculty, Students, & Alumni
Rachel Wion, PhD, RN
Dr. Wion was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the ReMind Lab. As a doctoral student, Rachel worked with the ReMind Lab as a Research Assistant on several studies and collaborated with the team on dissemination of our work. Her doctoral work focused on HIV prevention in older adults. She also has an interest in cognitive impairment in adults with HIV.
Dr. Kitt-Lewis is a Nursing Instructor in the College of Nursing at Penn State. She contributes to ReMind Lab projects related to understanding the experiences of older adults using in-depth interviews. Her areas of clinical and research expertise include end of life and palliative care, particularly within long-term care settings. Click here for Dr. Kitt-Lewis' faculty profile.
Anushka graduated from Penn State with major in Biology with a minor in Health Policy and Administration. She hopes to become a physician of either cardiology or internal medicine in the future. Anushka is very interested in preventative health and health maintenance, which were a few of the reasons why she was involved in the ReMind Lab. She was a lecture assistant in molecular biology and part of the "Serve State" organization which does community service and philanthropy in the State College area.
Caroline McDermott, PhD, RN
Caroline received her PhD in Nursing from the College of Nursing at Penn State, studying the implementation of person-centered care in long-term care settings. She enjoys working with older adults in both healthcare and research arenas and loves when the two intersect! She collaborated with the ReMind Lab on various projects focused on subjective cognition.
Sherry is a Registered Nurse with an MSN in Nursing Administration and Patient Care Services. She worked as a health care consultant for over 100 diverse hospitals and health systems (from community hospitals to world-renowned institutions such as the Mayo Clinic). Sherry works with the ReMind Lab on multiple studies in both Project Director and Research Assistant roles.
Connor graduated from Penn State with a degree in Biology and is currently attending medical school at the Penn State College of Medicine. While contributing to several ReMind Lab studies as a Research Assistant, he also worked with high school and college-aged special needs students as a Job Coach in the State College community.
Kristen was a Research Assistant for two recent ReMind studies. She has been a social worker for 17 years, including working as a juvenile probation officer, a case manager, and a drug and alcohol counselor before working with the ReMind Lab. Kristen is currently the Development and Community Relations Coordinator for Housing Transitions, an independent, nonprofit organization providing housing programs and supportive services to those in need throughout Centre County, PA.