Courtney Byrd-Williams, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Courtney Byrd-Williams is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health in Austin. Her research interests focus on the promotion of healthy eating and active living among children and their families.  Her recent work includes nutrition and physical activity interventions with young children and their families in the early care and education setting.  She received her PhD in Health Behavior Research from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. 

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Current Projects

ENRICH (Encouraging Nurturing Responsiveness to Improve Child Health)

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ENRICH stands for Encouraging Nurturing Responsiveness to Improve Child Health. This research project works to help parents establish healthy eating, activity, bedtime, and screen time routines.

Lunch is in the Bag

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The purpose of this intervention is to encourage parents to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in sack lunches for their preschool children in childcare centers. The goal for this research is the development of new strategies for the promotion of healthy eating practices in children through childcare centers.

Texas Child Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD)

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This project will connect the dots between families, pediatricians, schools and local youth organizations to develop community capacity for early detection and effective management of obesity using evidence-based programs like CATCH and MEND.

CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health)

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CATCH is a research-based program designed to guide schools, families and children in healthy eating and physical activity.

Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program

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The Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Technical Assistance Program was established to provide technical assistance and support to worksites across the state of Texas who are seeking Mother-Friendly designation, a designation which demonstrates a basic level of support for nursing mothers in the workplace

HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living)

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This project is a clinic-community based intervention to implement an early life-cycle approach to obesity prevention among pregnant women and women with infants from low-income families.

Recent Publications

Impact of the Coordinated Approach to Child Health Early Childhood Program for Obesity Prevention among Preschool Children: The Texas Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Study

(Sharma SV, Vandewater E, Chuang RJ, Byrd-Williams C, Kelder S, Butte N, Hoelscher DM; Child Obes.; 2018)

Behavior modification of diet and parent feeding practices in a community vs. primary care-centered intervention for childhood obesity: TX CORD RCT

(Wilson TA, Liu Y, Adolph AL, Sacher PM, Barlow SE, Pont S, Sharma S, Byrd-Williams C, Hoelscher DM, Butte NF; J Nutr Educ Behav.; 2018)

Dietary intake, attitudes toward healthy food, and dental pain in low-income youth

(Nicksic NE, Massie AW, Byrd-Williams C, Kelder SH, Sharma SV, Butte NF, Hoelscher DM; JDR Clinical & Translational Research; 2018)

Pilot evaluation of HEAL-A natural experiment to promote obesity prevention behaviors among low-income pregnant women

(Sharma SV, Chuang RJ, Byrd-Williams C, Danho M, Upadhyaya M, Berens P, Hoelscher DM; Prev Med Rep.; 2018)

Parent packs, child eats: Surprising results of Lunch is in the Bag‘s efficacy trial

(Roberts-Gray C, Ranjit N, Sweitzer SJ, Byrd-Williams CE, Romo-Palafox MJ, Briley ME, Hoelscher DM; Appetite; 2018)