Michelle R. Byrd

A photo of Michelle Byrd

Professor, Director of Clinical Training


301E Science Complex


[email protected]


  • 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 BA with Distinction (1991–1994). Dr. Byrd went on to complete her MS (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, PSY 101 General Psychology and PSY 203 Self Analysis and Control. 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 Community Behavioral Health Clinic.


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

Publications and Presentations

  • Sexton, M. B., Byrd, M.R., O'Donohue, W.T., and Jacobs, N. (2010). Web-based treatment for infertility-related psychological distress. Archives of Women's Mental Health.
  • Alschuler, K. N., Hoodin, F., and 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., and 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. and O'Donohue, W.T. (Eds.) The Primary Care Toolkit. Springer: New York.

  • Byrd, M.R., Nelson, E.M., and Manthey, L. (2006). The treatment of thumbsucking. In Fisher, J. and O'Donohue, W. (Eds.), Practitioners Guide to Evidence Based Psychotherapy, Kluwer Academic Publications.

  • O'Donohue, W.T., Beitz, K., and 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. and 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., and Cummings, N. A., (Eds.), Behavioral Integrative Care. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

    Byrd, M.R., O'Donohue, W.T., and 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., and 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., and 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., and Cummings, N. A., (Eds.). (2005). Behavioral integrative care: Treatment that work in the primary care setting. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

  • Wilson, K. G. and Byrd, M. R. (2005). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Substance Abuse and Dependence. In S.C. Hayes and K. Strosahl, (Eds.) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Clinician's Guide. New York: Guilford Press.

  • Byrd, M.R., Richards, D., and 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., and Oksol, E. (2001). Oral digital habits: Demographics, phenomenology, causes, functions, and clinical associations. In D. Woods and R. Miltenberger (Eds.), Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, and Other Repetitive Behavior Disorders: Behavioral Approaches to Analysis and Treatment. New York, New York: Kluwer Academic Press.