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Courtney Byrd, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Courtney Byrd

Courtney T. Byrd, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor at The University of Texas-Austin. She received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University-Shreveport, her master’s degree from Texas Christian University and her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University under the mentorship of Dr. Edward Conture. In 2006, upon completion of two years of as an NIH F32 Post-Doctoral Fellow at The University of Texas, she joined the faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her research interests include the study of speech-language contributions to childhood stuttering and the development of innovative treatment and clinical training tools. Dr. Byrd’s research laboratory received an endowment in 2012 and was renamed the Dr. Jennifer and Emanuel Bodner Developmental Stuttering Laboratory. In 2014, she was awarded an additional endowment to establish the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute, a non-profit organization that provides evidence-based clinical services at no charge to persons of all ages who stutter, for which Dr. Byrd serves as the Founding Director. The mission of the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute is to help persons who stutter, their families, and their clinicians through the provision and sharing of evidence-based practices, the implementation of progressive clinical training methodologies, and the completion of innovative research with an emphasis on translating theory to practice. With the generation of new knowledge, development and empirical testing of innovative treatment programs, education of undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals, and advocacy on behalf of the stuttering community, the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute is working to improve the substandard cycle of care and the negative impact of stuttering on their overall quality of life commonly reported by people who stutter. Dr. Byrd is dedicated to facilitating student achievement and has received nine university-wide awards in recognition of her commitment to teaching excellence.  Dr. Byrd has published her research in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including but not limited to Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, PLOS One, Journal of Fluency Disorders, Journal of Communication Disorders, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. She has also published several book chapters and presented her research nationally and internationally.

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