I am currently a fourth-year doctoral student at San Diego State/ UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. My current research is focused on understanding how temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) affects structural and functional brain networks through the use of advanced neuroimaging and neuropsychological measures. I am particularly interested in working with Hispanic patients with epilepsy in order to optimize medical outcomes for this underserved population by improving diagnostic measures and Hispanic representation in neuroimaging/neuropsychological research. Over the past several years, I
have published several manuscripts focused on Spanish-speaking/bilingual patients and have presented my work at multiple conferences. Given the paradigm shift in the neuropsychology of epilepsy as well as the changing demographics of the US, I am interested in helping address these health and research disparities through research, clinical work, and leadership. Furthermore, I am interested in developing culturally and linguistically appropriate neuropsychological assessments for Hispanics that are proficient in Spanish or that are bilingual.
Leadership has played a pivotal role in my professional career and academic training. I am currently the Student Member of the APA Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN) Ethnic Minority Affairs (EMA) Subcommittee, member of the AACN-Relevance 2050 Student Pipeline Subcommittee, member of the Diversity Committee of UCSD’s Psychiatry Department, the Trainee Liaison for the INS EpilepsyNeuropsychology Organization and the past Professional Development Officer for the Association of Neuropsychology Students & Trainees. My goals within these organizations have been directed towards providing my peers with a network of research opportunities and disseminating knowledge about the field of neuropsychology. Specifically, I am interested in developing and implementing programs that are focused on diversifying the field of neuropsychology and promoting student mentorship and recruitment. Through my active involvement across these organizations I have gained excellent training in leadership and I have obtained great experience with organizing webinars, student socials, and APA/INS programming events, as well as organizing student collaborations across multiple organizations. I am also an active
member of HNS, and I have been a student volunteer at the last two HNS conferences. I am excited about the possibility of continuing my involvement with HNS and to continue working on initiatives focused on diversifying the field of neuropsychology and improving the clinical care of Hispanics.
Thank you in advance for considering me for the position.
Anny Reyes, MS
NIH/NINDS F31 Predoctoral Fellow
SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology