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Christy Byrd

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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, and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Michigan State University in the Department of Teacher Education.


Courses Taught

  • EDP/ECD 575 Multicultural Lifespan Development
  • ED 711 Applied Quantitative Methods in Education II
  • ECI 509/709 Classroom Discussion in Theory and Practice
  • ECI 509/709 Teaching about Identities, Diversity, and Equity

Honors and Awards

  • Ford Foundation Fellow, Predoctoral ’09, Dissertation ’11

Editorial Boards

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

Services and Engagements

  • Executive Director, Omo Aye Educational Materials


PhD Education and Psychology University of Michigan 2012

B.A. Psychology Agnes Scott College 2007

Area(s) of Expertise

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.