Profile – Dr DeAnnah R. Byrd, Arizona State University

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Dr DeAnnah Byrd

Dr DeAnnah R. Byrd


Dr DeAnnah R. Byrd

Job title:

Assistant Professor

Place of work / study:

Arizona State University

Area of Research:

I study the effects of chronic conditions, psychosocial and biological stressors and coping behaviors on memory and cognitive changes in older Blacks, with a focus on reducing dementia among minority aging populations.

How is your work funded?

Alzheimer’s Association and NIH. I am also the recipient of multiple early career awards from the National Institute on Aging, American Public Health Association, and others.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I love nature, cooking and spending time with my family

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I am the youngest of three siblings. I have a large extended family, including three great nieces and one great nephew. I have run a marathon before and used to be a certified group-fitness instructor.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

What’s more important than our cognitive health? It shapes our ability to navigate the world and function. I am committed to reducing dementia in racial and ethnic populations.

What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?

Never stop learning. Be a sponge!

What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?

Perform like a rock star and still have time for lunch by Orna W. Drawas. I have only read the preface so I can’t make a recommendation yet.

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