Joyce Arditti

Professor of Human Development and Family Science, Virginia Tech


Joyce A. Arditti received her doctorate in Family Studies from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her research interests include family disruption, parent-child relationships in vulnerable families, and public policy. Her scholarship is recognized nationally and abroad and she has published numerous empirical and review articles in therapy, human services, family studies, and criminal justice journals. She is the author of the book “Parental incarceration and the family: Psychological and social effects of imprisonment on children, parents, and care-givers” published by New York University Press, for which she was the 2014 recipient of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Outstanding Book Award, an honor awarded to a member of ACJS who has authored a book representing extraordinary contribution in the field of criminal justice. Additionally, in August of 2016, Joyce was awarded the Alumni Award for Research Excellence by Virginia Tech for her significant research achievement in the area of parental incarceration. Joyce is also the editor of the recently released textbook: “Family Problems: Stress, Risk, & Resilience” published by John Wiley & Sons.


Joyce served as the Editor in Chief of Family Relations: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies from 2004 to 2009. She is a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), and served as the Research and Policy Brief Editor for NCFR 2015-16). She is also a member of the American Society of Criminology and recently was a visiting fellow at the Griffith Criminology Institute in Brisbane Australia. She serves on various editorial boards, and is actively involved in national and international research projects dealing with families involved in the criminal justice system

Research projects & programmes

Global Prisoners' Families