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 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 PhD in education and psychology from the University of Michigan. She was also a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Michigan State University in the Department of Teacher Education. 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.
Dr. Byrd is accepting master’s and PhD students in educational psychology for Fall 2021. Successful applicants will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology and independent research experience. She is also accepting PhD students in educational equity, where applicants should have a solid foundational knowledge in issues of diversity, privilege, and oppression and an interest in examining these issues through academic research.