Marcia M. Byrd, PhD, RN, CNE
Whitby Hall 312
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
I began teaching at St. Catherine University during the 1999-2000 school year and am currently an associate professor in the baccalaureate degree nursing program. I was the Moore Fellow in Nursing, an endowed leadership position, from 2006 until 2010 where half of my time was devoted to teaching and the other half to research and leadership. I serve as a nursing consultant for International Healthcare Services in Golden Valley, MN serving the immigrant population in the Twin Cities.
After receiving my PhD in nursing from the University of Minnesota, I completed a three-year NIH-postdoctoral fellowship in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) at the Center for Spirituality and Healing. My undergraduate work was at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Sister Callista Roy.
My research interests include the black-white biracial family, mixed-race children, and their experiences of health. As a white ally I am committed to inclusivity with my focus being the healthcare workforce and the nursing education environment. In 2005 I began actively exploring ancient wisdom traditions, spirituality, mysticism, and healing modalities within an integral model of health (Dacher, 2006). I am deeply connected to the principles of shamanism and from 2006-2010 acquired experience and skills studying under shaman and teacher, Christina Pratt at the University of Minnesota and The Last Mask Center in Portland. Pedagogies especially the use of story, narrative, literature and circles in nursing education interest me.