Member Achievements

Tiara Starks smiling with arms folded in front of floor to ceiling windows with a city view

Congratulations to SB3S President, Tiara Starks, for her new position as a Project Coordinator at Columbia University! She will be coordinating testing for the REGARDS (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) study, managing testers at 6 sites across the country. Tiara will be working under Dr. Jennifer Manly and utilizing her years of experience in cognitive testing and lab management.

Tiara Starks is pursuing her PhD in neuroscience and is interested in using cognitive neuroscience methods, including neuroimaging, to understand racial disparities in Alzheimer’s disease. We are very proud of Tiara pursuing her research goals and allowing her values to guide her career path. Congratulations, Tiara!!!

Eboni Lee Sitting

Congratulations to SB3S member Eboni Lee for being part of the inaugural class of Kaggle BIPOC Grant recipients!  Kaggle is an open-source data science platform that offers courses and a platform for sharing data, code, and online notebooks.  According to their website, “Kaggle is offering a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Grant aimed at empowering data scientists who have been historically underrepresented and supporting their career advancement.”  

Eboni has been selected for the first class of Kaggle BIPOC grant recipients amongst many applicants.  Through her Kaggle grant, Eboni will receive a $1000 education/career development grant, mentorship from a data science expert, credits for computing services, and curated community activities for the grant class.  Congratulations, Eboni!!!  We are very proud of your accomplishments and how you are forging your own path.

Anny Reyes smiling, standing with her arms crossed

Congratulations to SB3S member Anny Reyes for matching with her top choice neuropsychology internship program!  After a difficult application and interview process, Anny was selected to complete her clinical neuropsychology internship at Emory University.  We are very proud of Anny and wish her the best in Atlanta!

Anny Reyes is a 5th year doctoral candidate in neuropsychology at the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program. As part of her last requirement of her doctoral degree, she will be completing a one-year internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Emory University School of Medicine in the department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences. There, she will be conducting neuropsychological evaluations for adults and older adults with neurological disorders including but not limited to dementia, epilepsy, and brain tumors. Furthermore, she will be providing cognitive rehabilitation services to patients with traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders. Upon completion of her internship, Anny will be completing a two year fellowship in neuropsychology while conducting research exploring the social determinants of health in older adults with epilepsy. Anny’s long-term goal is to develop a research program focused on understanding and reducing the health disparities that exist in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in Black and Latinx communities.

Eboni Lee Sitting

Congratulations to SB3S member and Community Outreach Chair Eboni Lee on her new job!  Eboni accepted a position as a Data Analyst at ZERO TO THREE.  ZERO TO THREE is a nonprofit organization that advocates for infants and toddlers, ensuring that they have an enriching start to life.  

Eboni recently completed her Data Science certification through General Assembly’s bootcamp, and will now be applying her skills to helping improve child development.  Eboni will be working on a team that supports Head Start and the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning (NCECDTL), assisting them with their data extraction and visualization needs.  

Eboni holds a Master’s degree from City, University of London in Clinical, Social, and Cognitive Neuroscience.  She also graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University.

Society for Black Brain and Behavioral Scientists is very proud of Eboni and the path she is carving out for herself!  Eboni is merging her passion for research and desire to make an impact in society with her new role.  She is a wonderful example of the variety of ways one can participate in brain and behavioral research.  

Congratulations, Eboni!!!

Desiree Jones

Congratulations to SB³S member Desiree Jones! Desi Jones has published a first author editorial in the journal Autism. Desi’s editorial discusses the lack of representation of Black researchers in the autism field. She, along with co-author David Mandell, highlights how this lack of diversity has negative impacts on Black people with autism. Without Black autism researchers, Black people are often left out of the research as participants as well. This has led to a scientific knowledge base that does not incorporate how autism presents in the Black community. Desi’s editorial also discusses how this impacts clinical outcomes for Black people with autism as well as their caregivers. The article then provides recommendations for ways to increase representation and equity for Black autism researchers. Read Desi’s editorial here:

Desiree is a third year graduate student at UT Dallas, earning a PhD in Developmental Psychology. Her research interests include autism, stigma, and mental health. Great work, Desi!

Society for Black Brain and Behavioral Scientists would like to congratulate our member, Jalisha Jenifer, on her first publication as a “first”/primary author! Her research, published in Science Advances, found that math anxiety leads to math avoidance. Participants with math anxiety avoided performing more difficult math problems, even when it was more beneficial to attempt them. This study is novel, because it is one of the first to empirically show this relationship between math anxiety and math avoidant behaviors. This finding can help inform teaching and study strategies by helping us understand the habits of those with math anxiety.  Jalisha’s article is open-access, which means anyone can read it! Click here to read the full research article:
The code and data for this project are available online at OpenScience.
SB³S is very proud of Jalisha, who is entering her 5th year of the Psychology PhD program at the University of Chicago. Jalisha already has extensive teaching experience as a lecturer and teaching assistant and has earned highly competitive fellowships from the Institute of Education Sciences and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.