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Joyce Y. Lee

PhD Student. Social Work/Psychology - Developmental Candidate

Joyce Y. Lee

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.

Research Interests/Focus

Family processes, family strengthening; father involvement, father engagement; technology leverage in social service delivery, evidence-based parent education programs; child development, child welfare, child maltreatment prevention

Dissertation Title

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

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. (in press). Child welfare reform: The role of federal court oversight in child protective service workers’ caseloads. Child Abuse Review.

Lee, S. J., Ward, K. P., Lee, J. Y., & Rodriguez, C. M. (2021). Parental social isolation and child maltreatment risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Family Violence.

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(3), 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., Pace, G. T., Lee, J. Y., & Altschul, A. (2020). Parental relationship status as a moderator of the associations between mothers’ and fathers’ conflict behaviors and early child behavior problems. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Lee, J. Y., Volling, B. L., & Lee, S. J. (2020). Testing the father-child activation theory: A replication study with low-income unmarried parents. Psychology of Men and Masculinities (Special Issue on Fathering: New Perspectives, Paradigms, and Possibilities).

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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