Dr DeAnnah R. Byrd
Place of work / study:
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.