Courtney Byrd-Williams, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
courtney.e.byrdwilliams@uth.tmc.edu

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

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)

Best practices and barriers to obesity prevention in Head Start: Baseline differences in director and teacher perceptions from the TX CORD Study

(Byrd-Williams CE, Dooley EE, Sharma SV, Chuang RJ, Butte NF, Hoelscher DM; Preventing Chronic Disease; Dec 2017)

Contribution of Beverage Selection to the Dietary Quality of the Packed Lunches Eaten by Preschool-Aged Children

(Maria Jose Romo-Palafox, PhD, RD; Nalini Ranjit, PhD; Sara J. Sweitzer, PhD, RD, LD; Cindy Roberts-Gray, PhD; Courtney E. Byrd-Williams, PhD; Margaret E. Briley, PhD, RD, LD; Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, RD, LD, CNS; Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2017)

Efficacy of a Community- Versus Primary Care-Centered Program for Childhood Obesity: TX CORD RCT

(Butte NF, Hoelscher DM, Barlow SE, Pont S, Durand C, Vandewater EA, Liu Y, Adolph AL, Pérez A, Wilson TA, Gonzalez A, Puyau MR, Sharma SV, Byrd-Williams C, Oluyomi A, Huang T, Finkelstein EA, Sacher PM, Kelder SH; Obesity (Silver Spring); 2017)

Efficacy of a Community- vs. Primary Care-Centered Program for Childhood Obesity: TX CORD RCT

(Butte, N.F., Hoelscher, D.M., Barlow, S.E., Pont, S., Durand, C, Vandewater, E.A., Liu,Y., Adolph, A.L., Pérez, A., Wilson, T.A., Gonzalez, A., Puyau, M.R., Sharma, S.V., Byrd-Williams, C., Oluyomi, A., Huang, T., Finkelstein, E.A., Sacher, P., Kelder, S.H; Forthcoming Obesity;