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Christy Byrd

Associate Professor


Program Coordinator, Educational Equity

Teacher Education and Learning Sciences

Poe Hall 602C

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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 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

Services and Engagements


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 students make sense of race and culture in their school environments. She uses quantitative and qualitative methods to explore topics such as racial discrimination, multicultural education, and culturally relevant teaching. One area of research focuses on adolescents’ perceptions of school climate for diversity, which includes intergroup interactions and school ethnic-racial socialization, and how perceptions are shaped by identity development and contextual factors. A second area of research considers the motivational factors that promote student engagement in diversity workshops, courses, and programs. Her work has shown that when youth experience their schools as positive, identity-affirming spaces, they are more academically engaged and successful.


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