Judy E. Byrns, Ph.D. has been a part of this clinic for many years, first as a consultant, then as a partner, followed by being the owner, and now back to being an independent consultant. She focuses on the well-being of persons and families. She started college in her early thirties, while a single parent of two children, and graduated from Kearney State College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990 with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, where the focus of study was Rural Psychology with minors in Neuropsychology and Alcoholism.
Her clinical internship was at Malcolm Bliss Mental Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri where she worked with children and adults, both as inpatients and as day patients plus weekly counseling sessions with child victims of rape or incest, through the court Victim-Witness Program in downtown St. Louis. She has been associated with the Lincoln Behavioral Health Clinic as a Clinical Psychologist from 1990 to the present, previously working as a Behavioral Therapist with children and adolescents at Lincoln General Hospital. During her extensive training at UNL, she worked at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, the Nebraska Center for Children & Youth in Lincoln, the Cherokee Mental Health Institute in Iowa, and Pioneer Mental Health Center in Seward, Nebraska. While a student in Kearney, she was a volunteer for the Task Force on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Crisis Line as a counselor and law enforcement liaison. In 1996, she joined the faculty at Doane College-Lincoln, teaching Group Therapy as well as Rural and Community Psychology at the Master's level and held that position for about five years. Dr. Byrns is a licensed and certified Clinical Psychologist, providing psychological assessment and psychotherapy, at both inpatient and outpatient sites, for a wide variety of clients, including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric persons. She has experience with minority and disabled populations and with doing individual, family, and group therapy, using varying methods depending on the needs and abilities of clients. Using cognitive and behavioral techniques, with pre-determined goals and objectives, she provides clients with the skills and practice sessions to benefit from anxiety reduction and depression management, relaxation and hypnotic techniques, parenting skills training, or specific behavioral modification plans.