Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Hilary Joyce

Hilary Joyce


7030-H Haley Center
(334) 844-5014


  • Ph.D., Social Work (2012), The Ohio State University
  • M.S.W. (2004), University of Kentucky
  • B.A., Psychology, Miami University 

Office Hours

  • By appointment

About Hilary Joyce
Associate Professor of Social Work and BSW Program Director

Hilary Joyce has been a faculty member with the Social Work Program since 2013.  She teaches Introduction to Social Work, History of Social Welfare, Child Welfare, and Social Work Methods I. Dr. Joyce’s research interests include youth development, adolescent mental health, school climate, school social work, and school-based and -linked mental health services. Dr. Joyce has published her research in journals such as Social Work in Mental Health, Children and Youth Services Review, Children & Schools, and Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Work.  She also co-authored two chapters in the second edition of the School Services Sourcebook, an important resource for school social work practice. Dr. Joyce has presented at numerous national conferences including the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health. Dr. Joyce has seven years practice experience working as a medical social worker at Dayton Children’s Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Joyce is a member of the Mental Health Education Integration Consortium (MHEDIC), a national consortium of interdisciplinary leaders in the field of school mental health focused on promoting collaboration and workforce preparation for school mental health practitioners. Dr. Joyce is on the editorial board for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Press journal Children & Schools. Dr. Joyce also serves on the Auburn University Women’s Center Advisory Board. Dr. Joyce is a member of the Twin Cedars Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors. 

Representative Publications

Joyce, H.D. (2017). Involving Parents in Schools. In Encyclopedia of Social Work. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acredore/9780199974839.013.1233

Ball, A., Joyce, H.D., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2016). Exploring 21st Century Skills and Learning Environments for Middle School Youth, International Journal of School Social Work, 1(1), 1-25.

Joyce, H.D. (2015). School connectedness and student-teacher relationships: A comparison of sexual minority youth and their peers. Children & Schools, 37(3), 185-192. doi: 10.1093/cs/cdv012.

Joyce, H.D. & Early, T.J. (2014). The impact of school connectedness and teacher support on depressive symptoms in adolescents: A multilevel analysis. Children and Youth Services Review, 39, 101-107. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.02.005 

Last Updated: August 20, 2020