Courtney Byrd, Founding Director
Courtney T. Byrd is Founding Director of the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute and Professor, Associate Chair, and Graduate Advisor in Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin. She is Vice President for Continuing Education of The Stuttering Foundation. 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. In 2006, upon completion of two years as an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow, 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. Her research lab received an endowment in 2012 and was renamed the Dr. Jennifer and Emanuel Bodner Developmental Stuttering Lab.
In 2014, The Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute was established as a distinct endowed institute dedicated to excellence in clinical research for which Dr. Byrd serves as 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 development, 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.
Dr. Byrd has published her research in a variety of journals including but not limited to Journal of Fluency Disorders, Journal of Communication Disorders, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Folia Phoniatrica, and PloS One. She has also published several book chapters and presented her research nationally and internationally. Additionally, Dr. Byrd is a recipient of the Moody College of Communication Teaching Excellence Award, the Texas Exes Teaching Award, the Office of the Dean of Students Outstanding Advisor Award, the UT System Wide Regents Award for Outstanding Teaching, the President’s Associates Award, the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, and the William David Blunk Memorial Professorship. Byrd is also a Provost’s Teaching Fellow and was conferred membership in The Academy of Distinguished Teachers.