Courtney is a an Associate Chair, Graduate Advisor, and Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. She completed her doctoral studies under the mentorship of Dr. Edward Conture at 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. She also serves as Vice President of Education for The Stuttering Foundation. Dr. Byrd has published her research in a variety of journals. 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.