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Christy Byrd

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Byrd grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Agnes Scott College and a masters degree in psychology and PhD in education and psychology from the University of Michigan. She was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Michigan State University in the Department of Teacher Education.

Research Description

Dr. Byrd’s research examines how school climate for diversity promotes academic engagement, cultural competence, and psychological well-being in students. She uses quantitative and qualitative methods to explore topics such as intergroup interactions, multicultural education, and culturally relevant teaching. Her work has shown that when youth experience their schools as positive, identity-affirming spaces, they are more academically engaged and successful.

Curriculum Vitae

Editorial Boards

  • Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
  • Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Services and Engagements

  • Executive Director, Omo Aye Educational Materials

Research Areas