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Joyce Y. Lee

Joyce Y. Lee

PhD Student. Social Work/Psychology - Developmental Graduate - 2021

Joyce Y. Lee, MS, MSW, LCSW, is a child welfare and family strengthening scholar whose program of research centers around promoting the well-being of children and families from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. Lee's primary research interest involves investigating family processes, with a focus on father involvement, that benefit children's development. Specifically, she uses family theories to examine mechanisms underlying the links between economic insecurity and the developmental outcomes of children from unmarried couple families with low income. She is particularly interested in studying how fathers and their parenting behaviors mediate such relations. Joyce has received a highly competitive federal Family Strengthening Scholar's grant (90PR0009) from the Administration from Children and Families (Children's Bureau), United States Department of Health and Human Services to support this work. As a secondary area of research, Joyce focuses on fathers' masculine identities, early father engagement behaviors, and the evidence-base of early parent education programs that are inclusive and supportive of fathers and their parenting needs. Joyce's third area of research centers around using technology, including mobile devices and social media platforms, to examine the parenting beliefs of or deliver services to difficult-to-reach populations, as well as engage in clinical social work practice with diverse client groups. Her next and future area of research includes preventing child maltreatment and promoting the well-being of foster children and their families through both direct services rooted in evidence-based programs and child welfare system reform.

Overall, Lee’s research (and her teaching) is rooted in her social work practice experiences with children and families at a community-based youth empowerment program, as well as her clinical practice with children and families involved in the child welfare system. She also uses her research to inform family strengthening policies, relevant targets for parenting and family interventions, and clinical work with children and families that have histories of maltreatment.

Lee is currently a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Michigan and a licensed social worker in the State of New Jersey.

Dissertation Title

Family Processes Underlying Economic Insecurity, Father Involvement, and Child Outcomes in Families with Low Income


Year Degree   School
2018 MS University of Michigan
2013 MSW Columbia University
2011 BSW Rutgers University


Year Description
2020 - Fall W. K. Kellogg Award
2019 - Winter Children's Bureau, Medicaid Match, Michigan Health Endowment Fund
2019 Society for Research in Child Development DEVSEC Student Travel Award to attend the 2018 DEVSEC: Conference on the Use of Secondary and Open Source Data in Developmental Science in Phoenix, AZ
2019 Dean Lynn Videka’s fund for joint doctoral students to attend the Society for Social Work and Research conference in San Francisco, CA
2019 - Sp/Su Rackham Conference Travel Grant
2019 - Fall Regent Fellowship
2018 - Winter GSRA
2018 Fatherhood Research Practice Network
2018-2019 #Parenting Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop
2018 Outstanding Research in Presentation in Developmental Psychology, Awarded by the American Psychological Association Division 7, San Francisco, CA
2018 Doctoral Poster Award at the University of Michigan School of Social Work Social Justice in Social Work Research Symposium
2017 - Sp/Su Bobbe and Jon Bridge Award
2017 - Sp/Su Institue for Social Research-Rackham Summer Training Award
2017 - Fall Rackham Travel Grant
2017 - Sp/Su Faculty Allies for Diversity Manuscript Writing Fellowship
2017-2018 #Parenting Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop

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