Joyce Arditti

Joyce Arditti

Joyce Arditti



311 Wallace Hall
295 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061





  • Criminal justice and families
  • Cumulative disadvantage, maternal distress
  • Family policy

Professional Activities

  • Member, National Council on Family Relations
  • Member, American Society of Criminology
  • Faculty Representative, Graduate Honor Court
  • Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Sciences, former Editor
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.A. University of Connecticut
  • B.S. University of Georgia

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    2016, Alumni Award for Research Excellence

    2011, National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Fellow. Honor awarded for members providing outstanding and enduring contributions to the field of the family in the areas of scholarship, teaching, outreach and professional service.

    2006-2007, Excellence in Outreach Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    2003-2004, Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

    Selected Publications


    Arditti, J.A. (2012). Parental incarceration and the family: Psychological and social effects of imprisonment on children, parents, and care-givers. New York: NYU Press.

    Book Chapters

    Arditti, J.A. (2018). Parental Incarceration and family inequality in the United States. In R. Condry & P. Schaarf-Smith (Eds.) Prison, punishment and the family: Towards a new sociology of punishment (pp. 41-57). New York, New York: Oxford University Press.

    Poehlmann-Tynan, J., & Arditti, J. A. (2018). Developmental and family perspectives on parental incarceration. In C. Wildeman, A. Haskins, & J. Poehlmann-Tynan (Eds.) When parents are incarcerated: Interdisciplinary research and interventions to support children (pp. 53-81). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

    Arditti, J.A., & Beckmeyer, J. J. (2018). Parenting from prison: The reality and experience of distance. In M. de Guzman, J. Brown, & C. Pope Edwards (Eds.) Parenting from afar: The reconfiguration of the family across distance (pp.246-265). Oxford University Press.


    Arditti, J.A. (Ed.) (2015). Family Problems: Stress, risks, and resilience. Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell

    Edited Books

    Arditti, J.A. & LeRoux, T. (2015) (Eds.). And justice for all: Families and the criminal justice system. Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library. DOI.


    Arditti, J.A., Molloy, S.*, Spiers, S.*, & Johnson, E. (2019). Perceptions of nonresident father involvement among diverse youth and their single parents. Family Relations,

    Goshin, L., Arditti, J.A., Dallaire, D., Shlafer, R., & Hollihan, A. (2016). An international human rights perspective on maternal criminal justice involvement in the United States. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Advance online publication

    Arditti, J.A. (2016). A family stress-proximal process model for understanding the effects of parental incarceration on children and their families. Couple and Family Psychology: Research & Practice, 5, 65-88.

    Arditti, J.A.  (2015). A family process perspective on the heterogeneous effects of maternal incarceration on child wellbeing: The trouble with differences. Criminology & Public Policy, 14, 1- 14.

    Arditti, J.A. & Savla, J. (2013).  Parental incarceration and child trauma symptoms in single caregiver homes. Journal of Child & Family Studies 24(3), pp. 551-561.  

    Arditti, J. A., & Parkman, T. (2011). The developmental paradox of young men’s reentry after incarceration. Family Relations, 60, 205-220.

    Arditti, J. A., Burton, L. M., & Neeves-Bothelho, S. E. (2010).  Maternal distress and parenting in the context of cumulative disadvantage. Family Process, 49, 142-164.

    Additional Information

    Sponsored Research

    Arditti, J.A. (PI). Family reunification and reentry pilot program for female offenders.* Funds awarded by the Virginia Department of Corrections (October 1, 2010-September 31, 2012).

    Current Research

    • Incarceration and Family Relationships
    • Child Trauma in Vulnerable Families
    • Maternal Distress/Parenting and Cumulative Disadvantage
    • Divorce