Department of Psychology and Sociology

Faculty & Staff

Dana Byrd

Associate Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., University of Florida, 2004

Before TAMUK:

Before coming to TAMUK Dr. Byrd was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University’s Sackler Institute of Developmental Psychobiology. Dr. Byrd received her Ph.D., M.S., a Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Research Methods and a National Institutes of Health doctoral fellowship from the University of Florida.


  • Dr. Byrd has published articles in:
    • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
    • Child Language Teaching & Therapy
    • Brain and Cognition
    • Washington Academic of Sciences
    • Developmental Science
    • Journal of Interactive Online Learning
    • Neuropsychologia
    • ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders
    • Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Journal of Cognition and Development
    • Biological Psychology
    • Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
  • Dr. Byrd has contributed chapters on examining cognitive development using psychophysiological correlates and also on new indicies of planning abilities with the Tower of London planning and problem solving task

Research interests:

Dr. Byrd uses physiological measures such as electroencephalogram (EEG, brain waves) and electrocardiogram (ECG, heart rate) to study higher-level cognitive processes often referred to as executive functions or frontal lobe functions.  She studies group differences in these higher-level cognitive processes such as the advantages seen in bilingual individuals in selective attention and inhibition and the advantages seen in visual-spatial working memory seen in individuals that know sign language. She is also interested higher-level thinking during everyday tasks such as online shopping. She is interested in future work investigating the development of these higher-level cognitive processes, since the frontal lobes that control them are among the last neural regions to develop. In the field of education, She is interested in studying techniques for better teaching scientific concepts in an online learning environment.

Courses taught at TAMUK:

  • Experimental Psychology
  • Child and Lifespan Development
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Psychology of Personal Adjustment

Family Information:

Dr. Byrd has four step children with her partner Mickel, Katie, Evan, Max, and Sam. They have a boisterous dog Portia. Dr. Byrd spends her summers mentoring undergraduate researchers through the Ronald McNair and Presidential Summer Scholars programs.

Contact Information

Department of Psychology & Sociology
Manning 206
MSC 177 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361-593-2694

Dana Byrd