for people ages 40 years and up (full criteria)
at San Diego, California
study started
estimated completion
Dawn M. Schiehser, PhD



To investigate the effectiveness of a novel compensatory cognitive rehabilitation program for individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Official Title

Cognitive Rehabilitation for Individuals With Parkinson's Disease and MCI


Eligible study participants will be randomly assigned to one of two interventions: 1) Cognitive Rehabilitation (Cognitive Symptom Management and Rehabilitation Therapy for Parkinson's disease; CogSMART-PD) or 2) Supportive Care. Interventions are held within a group format consisting of approximately 5 individuals with PD. Groups will meet once per week for 1.5 hours over a 10-week period. Neuropsychological testing will be administered pre- and post-intervention as well as 6- and 12-months after the intervention.


Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation Cognition Parkinson Disease CogSMART-PD Supportive Care


You can join if…

Open to people ages 40 years and up

  1. Diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
  2. Mild Cognitive Impairment
  3. Over 40 years of age
  4. Fluent English speaker

You CAN'T join if...

Other neurological conditions (e.g., stroke) besides Parkinson's disease


  • VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA
    San Diego California 92161 United States

Lead Scientist

  • Dawn M. Schiehser, PhD
    Biography Dr. Schiehser received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology from Drexel University. She completed a pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology specialization) internship at Tulane University School of Medicine and a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCSD.


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