Eastern Michigan University
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Michelle R. Byrd


Dr. Byrd 2018 301E Science Complex




Ph.D. University of Nevada Reno

Interests and Expertise

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 ill populations.

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 Clinic.

Selected Publications

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 Psychiatric Research.

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. Springer: 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.

Courses Taught

PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 683/684 Field Practicum & Seminar
PSY 703 Clinical Organizational Management
PSY 720 Child and Family Therapy
PSY 791 Pre-practicum Child and Family