Michelle R. Byrd, Ph.D.
Ph.D. University of Nevada Reno
301E Science Complex
A Michigan native, Dr. Byrd double-majored in Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor, earning a B.A. with Distinction (1991-1994). Dr. Byrd went on to complete
her M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2004) in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her
primary mentor at UNR was Dr. William O’Donohue, though her work was also strongly influenced
by Drs. Nicholas Cummings and Steven Hayes.
Dr. Byrd is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Michigan and, in addition to her work at EMU,
maintains a small private practice. Dr. Byrd’s research interests include the integration
of behavioral and medical care in primary healthcare settings, particularly in the area of
pediatrics, and the incorporation of acceptance based strategies in the treatment of medically
Dr. Byrd is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. In addition, Dr. Byrd was
the Coordinator of the Clinical-Behavioral MS Program at EMU from 2005-2010 and has been the
Practicum Coordinator since 2003.
Dr. Byrd teaches two courses at the undergraduate level, General Psychology (PSY 101) and Self
Analysis and Control (PSY 203). At the graduate level, she teaches Child and Family Therapy,
Clinical Organizational Management, and two practicum courses. In addition, Dr. Byrd is actively
involved in providing clinical supervision to both MS and Ph.D. students at the EMU Psychology
PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 683/684 Field Practicum & Seminar
PSY 703 Clinical Organizational Management
PSY 720 Child and Family Therapy
PSY 791 Prepracticum Child and Family
Integrated Behavioral and Primary Health Care.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Individuals, Children, and Families
Sexton, M. B., Byrd, M.R., O’Donohue, W.T., & Jacobs, N. (2010). Web-based treatment for
infertility-related psychological distress. Archives of Women’s Mental Health.
Alschuler, K. N., Hoodin, F., & Byrd, M. R. (2009). Rapid assessment for psychopathology in a college
health clinic: Utility of college student specific questions. Journal of American College Health.
Anson, H. M., Byrd, M.R., and Koch, E. I. (2009). Cognitive behavioral treatment to improve adherence
to hemodialysis fluid restrictions: A case report. Case Reports in Medicine.
Sexton, M.B., Byrd, M.R., and von Kluge, S. (2009). Measuring resilience in women experiencing infertility
using the CD-RISC: Examining infertility-related stress, general distress, and coping styles. Journal of
Alschuler, K. N., Hoodin, F., & Byrd, M. (2008). Integrated care in a college health center: A preliminary
investigation. Health Psychology, 27, 388-393.
Byrd, M.R. and Alschuler, K.N. (2008). Assessment in integrated care. In James, L.C. & O’Donohue, W.T.
(Eds.) The Primary Care Toolkit. Srpinger: New York.
Byrd, M.R., Nelson, E.M., & Manthey, L. (2006). The treatment of thumbsucking. In Fisher, J. & O’Donohue,
W. (Eds.), Practitioners Guide to Evidence Based Psychotherapy, Kluwer Academic Publications.
O’Donohue, W.T., Beitz, K., & Byrd, M.R. (2006). Overview of behavioral assessment with adults. In M.
Hersen (Ed.) Clinical Handbook of Behavioral Assessment (CHOBA), New York: Academic Press.
Byrd, M.R., Henderson, D.A., Oksol, E., Ferguson, K. & O’Donohue, W.T. (2005). Integrating the behavioral
treatment of asthma into the primary care setting. In O’Donohue, W.T., Byrd, M.R., Henderson, D. A., & Cummings, N. A., (Eds.), Behavioral Integrative Care. New York: Brunner-Routledge.
Byrd, M.R., O’Donohue, W.T., & Cummings, N.A. (2005). The case for integrated care: Coordinating behavioral
healthcare with primary care medicine. In O’Donohue, W.T., Byrd, M.R., Henderson, D. A., & Cummings, N. A.,
(Eds.), Behavioral Integrative Care. New York: Brunner-Routledge.
Hayes, S.C., Wilson, K.G., Gifford, E., Bissett, R., Piasecki, M., Batten, S.G., Byrd, M.R., & Gregg, J. (2005).
A randomized controlled trial of twelve-step facilitation and acceptance and commitment therapy with polysubstance
abusing methadone maintained opiate addicts. Behavior Therapy, Vol. 36(1).
O’Donohue, W.T., Byrd, M.R., Henderson, D. A., & Cummings, N. A., (Eds.). (2005). Behavioral integrative care:
Treatment that work in the primary care setting. New York: Brunner-Routledge.
Wilson, K. G. & Byrd, M. R. (2005). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Substance Abuse and Dependence. In S. C.
Hayes & K. Strosahl, (Eds.) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide. New York: Guilford Press.
Byrd, M.R., Richards, D., & Friman, P.C. (2001). The treatment of trichotillomania in a young child using response
blocking. Invited paper for Behavior Modification.
Friman, P.C., Byrd, M.R., & Oksol, E. (2001). Oral digital habits: Demographics, phenomenology, causes, functions,
and clinical associations. In D. Woods & R. Miltenberger (Eds.), Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, and Other Repetitive
Behavior Disorders: Behavioral Approaches to Analysis and Treatment. New York, New York: Kluwer Academic Press.