Anny Reyes, MS
is the winner of the
Trainee Champion of Diversity Award for 2019
. She is a student in the Joint Doctoral Program working in the laboratory of Dr. Carrie Bearden. Under a NINDS Diversity Supplement, she has been exploring the role of bilingualism and cognitive reserve in temporal lobe epilepsy. She has received the American Epilepsy Society Grass Young Investigator Award and an NRSA from NIH for this novel and important work. In the realm of mentorship, Anny has helped guide under-represented undergraduate students prepare for graduate school and frequently offers support to her peers. In the words of her nominator “She has not just invested time from her busy schedule to help mentor peers, but does so while continuously offering support, attention, and kindness along the way.” In addition, she is on the Ethnic Minority Affairs Subcommittee of the APA Division 40 Public Interest Advisory Committee and Professional Development Officer of Division 40’s Association of Neuropsychology Students and Trainees. She also serves as a Trainee Liaison for the International Neuropsychology Society’s Epilepsy-Neuropsychology special interest group, among other activities. Closer to home, Anny has been part of efforts at the SDSU training clinic to expand services to Spanish-speaking clients and serves on our Chair’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Issues, working to develop a trainee-focused diversity survey.