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Kyra M. Bonta

2023 MAPP Scholar

Kyra is a rising junior at Yale University pursuing a major in psychology-neuroscience. She grew up in Portland, Oregon. At Yale, she is an intern at Yale Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and a member of the Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company. The research she is currently working on focuses on the association between the APOE genotype and depressive symptoms in patients with Autosomal Dominant Alzheimer’s Disease. In the future, Kyra aspires to become a neuropsychologist and contribute towards the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease with an emphasis on communities of color. She also wants to help decrease racial health disparities in relation to Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment. In her free time, she enjoys doing ballet, hiking, and baking. 

Taryn Gordon, MA, MS

2023 MAPP Scholar

Taryn is a 3rd-year student of Clinical Psychology at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Her summer research at MAPP focuses on sex differences in patients with Autosomal Dominant Alzheimer’s Disease. She is also a lab member of the SHARP Study at the Oregon Health and Science University Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, a lab that strives to maintain or improve cognitive health among older Black Americans through physical activity, reminiscence therapy, and social engagement in a culturally celebratory way. After completing her doctorate degree, Taryn plans to work as a neuropsychologist providing affordable and culturally competent services to communities of color. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, foraging, cooking, and crocheting hats for cats.  

Angelys M. Rivera-Hernández

2023 MAPP Scholar

Angelys is a rising junior undergraduate student at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in Río Piedras majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. At UPR School of Medicine, she’s part of the Fear and Pleasure lab conducting behavioral neuroscience research. This summer, her research focuses on testing the association between physical activity and markers of Alzheimer’s disease pathology. Angelys aspire to complete a Ph.D. in neuroscience after graduating. In her free time, she enjoys painting, playing soccer, and going to the beach.

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