Joy Kennedy

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Dr. Joy Lorenzo Kennedy is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on early language and literacy development, particularly among low-income and dual-language learning children. Joy is interested in measuring families’ involvement in preschool children’s education from a strengths-based perspective, as well as using behavioral economics approaches to foster involvement. She has over 15 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations to understand the mechanisms underlying their interventions, and to test program effectiveness in improving child and caregiver trajectories. Joy brings to CCTexpertise in all areas of mixed methods developmental research, from measurement development to data collection through analysis and dissemination.

At CCT, Joy is primarily working on the Ready To Learn project, a long-term initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education and led by PBS and CPBto investigate how public media resources improve school readiness for low-income children. In addition, Joy is helping to support a project on the development of computational literacy through integration with early language and literacy development in urban preschools, funded by the National Science Foundation (DRK-12) program. Finally, Joy contributes to AHA! Island, a joint project between CCT and WGBH that explores how digital media and other parent/child-directed resources increase preschool children’s computational thinking; this project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program.

Prior to joining EDC, Joy conducted research in behavioral economics at NYU, and worked to expand research data sharing to increase transparency and reproducibility in the behavioral sciences. Joy received a doctorate in applied psychology (developmental program) from New York University, and her undergraduate ScB degree in psychology from Brown University.