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Joyce Y. Lee

PhD Student. Social Work/Psychology - Developmental Candidate

Joyce Y. Lee

Research Interests/Focus

Joyce has three broad research interests: (1) studying father involvement and father-child relationships among low-income families using a family systems perspective; (2) developing and implementing technology-based parent education programs that are inclusive of fathers; and (3) examining the role of the father in preventing child maltreatment early on. Her aim is to triangulate these three areas of research to promote father involvement, positive parenting, and child development and wellbeing. Joyce’s research is rooted in her experience working with low-income families and their children in a community-based youth empowerment program, as well as ongoing clinical work with a wide range of fathers (e.g., fathers with an alleged history of child maltreatment, primary caregiver fathers, low-income fathers). Joyce is currently a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Michigan. She uses her clinical experiences and skills to inform research, and vice versa.

Contact Information

joyceyl@umich.edu4734 SSWBUniversity of Michigan
School of Social Work
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
4663 SSWBUniversity of Michigan
School of Social Work
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
B660 SSWBUniversity of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


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


Personal Website

Lee, J. Y., Grogan-Kaylor, A. C., Lee, S. J., Ammari, T., Lu, A., & Davis-Kean, P. (2020). A qualitative analysis of stay-at-home parents' spanking tweets. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29, 817-830.

Lee, S. J., Lee, J. Y., & Chang, O. D. (2020). Characteristics and lived experiences of modern stay-at-home fathers. In H.E. Fitzgerald, K. von Klitzing, N. Cabrera, J. Scarano do Mendonca, & T. Skjothaug (Eds.), Handbook of Fathers and Child Development: Prenatal to Preschool. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.

Lee, S. J., Walsh, T. B. & Lee, J. Y. (2019). Mobile technology in social work practice. In L. Goldkind, L. Wolf, & Freddolino P. P. (Eds.), Digital Social Work: Cases Across Fields of Practice (pp. 54-71). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Volling, B. L., Stevenson, M. M., Safyer, P., & Lee, J. Y. (2019). In search of the father-infant activation relationship: Comparing variable-centered versus person-centered analytic approaches. Monographs of the Society for Research on Child Development, 84(1), 50-63.

Lee, S. J., Walsh, T. B., & Lee, J. Y. (2019). mDad: Helping dads be better parents with mobile phones. In L. Goldkind, L. Wolf, & P.P. Freddolino (Eds.), Digital Social Work: Tools for Practice with Individuals, Organizations, and Communities (pp. 54 -71). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Lee, J. Y., Gilbert, T., Lee, S. J., & Staller, K. M. (2019). Reforming a system that cannot reform itself: Child welfare reform by class action lawsuits. Social Work, 64(4), 283-291.

Albuja, A., Sanchez, D., Lee, S. J., & Lee, J. Y. (2019). Early paternal support behaviors moderate consonant smoking among unmarried parents. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 80(1), 129-133.

Albuja, A., Sanchez, D. T., Lee, S. J., Lee, J. Y., & Yadava, S. (2019). The effect of paternal cues in prenatal care settings on men’s involvement intentions. PLOS ONE, 14(5).

Lee, J. Y., Pace, G. T., Lee, S. J., & Altschul, I. (2019). The associations of constructive and destructive interparental conflict to child well-being among low-income families. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Lee, J. Y., Volling, B. L., Lee, S. J., & Altschul, I. (2019). Longitudinal relations between coparenting and father engagement in low-income residential and nonresidential father families. Journal of Family Psychology.

Klika, B., Lee, S. J., & Lee, J. Y. (2018). Prevention of Child Maltreatment. In Klika, B. & Conte, J. (Eds.), American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Handbook on Child Maltreatment (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Lee, S. J., Pace, G. T., Lee, J. Y., & Knauer, H. (2018). The association of fathers’ parental warmth and parenting stress to child behavior problems. Children and Youth Services Review.

Lee, J. Y., Knauer, H., Lee, S. J., MacEachern, M., & Garfield, C. F. (2018). Father-inclusive perinatal parent education programs: A systematic review. Pediatrics.

Lee, S. J., Sanchez, D. T., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Lee, J. Y., & Albuja, A. (2018). Father early engagement behaviors and infant low birth weight. Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Lee, J. Y., & Lee, S. J. (2018). Caring is masculine: Stay-at-home fathers and masculine identity. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 19(1), 47-58.

Lee, J. Y., & Lee, S. J. (2018). Fathers forgotten when it comes to services to help them be good parents, new study finds. The Conversation.

Oades-Sese, G. V., Rubic, W., Occenad, S., Kitzie, M., Lee, J., Mahmood, N., & Rodgers, A. (2017). Fostering cosmopolitan resilient schools and students. In E. C. Lopez, S. G. Nahari, & S. Proctor (Eds.), Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (2nd ed.).

Lee, J., & Harathi, S. (2016). Utilizing mHealth in social work practice among low-income Hispanic patients. Health and Social Work, 41, 60-63.

Lee, J. Y., & Lee, S. J. (2016). Caring is masculine: Stay-at-home fathers and masculine identity. Psychology of Men & Masculinity.

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