Christy M. Byrd
Assistant Professor of Developmental Sciences
Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences
North Carolina State University
Office Phone: 919-515-1585
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 explores how students understand microaggressions and the implications of experiencing microaggressions for academic success and psychological well-being. Her third 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.
Dr. Byrd 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 before joining the Psychology Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at NC State. For fun, she plays, runs, and does research on escape rooms.