Sylvia H. Byrd

Sylvia H. Byrd

Professor and Project Director

Office: 251 Herzer Bldg.

Mailing Address:

Box 9611
945 Stone Blvd.
Mississippi State, MS 39762


  • Ph.D., Mississippi State University
  • M.S.H.E., University of North Carolina
  • B.S., Appalachian State University


  • Registered Dietitian (R.D.), Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Licensed Dietitian (L.D.), Mississippi State Board of Health

Research/Extension Areas:

  • Child Nutrition
  • Edible Education, Landscaping and Raised Beds
  • Coordinated School Health
  • Public Health Issues and Children


  • Mississippi Dietetic Association Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year Award, 2012
  • Mississippi State University Alumni Association Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, 2011

Society Memberships:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Mississippi Dietetic Association
  • Northeast District Dietetic Association


Gray, V., A. Hardman, S. H. Byrd. 2020. Qualitative evaluation of drivers of eating decisions among SNAP participants in Mississippi. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 52(8):775-787.  Download

Gray, V., B., S. H. Byrd, B. J. Fountain, N. E. Rader, A. D. Frugé. 2016. Childhood nutrition in the Mississippi Delta: challenges and opportunities. Health Promotion International 31(4):857-868.  Download

Frugé, A. D., S. H. Byrd, B. J. Fountain, J. S. Cossman, M. W. Schilling, P. Gerard. 2015. Increased physical activity may be more protective for metabolic syndrome than reduced caloric intake. An analysis of estimated energy balance in U.S. adults: 2007-2010 NHANES. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases 25(6):535-540. Download


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