After graduating from Malone University with a BSN in 1999, Joy practiced nursing in a variety of acute care settings, including cardio-thoracic critical care, clinical education, and stroke program management. She obtained her MSN from Walden University in 2007 and a PhD in nursing from Florida Atlantic University in 2019. Joy is passionate about improving health and wellness for community members experiencing neurological illness and/or injury. She is excited to have the opportunity to explore the human-canine bond while supporting veterans and their caregivers. Although her current circumstances do not allow for a fur baby at present, she has enjoyed the companionship of a pair of Rottweilers and an English bulldog/Labrador throughout the years. Her family of human children includes 4 boys and 2 girls ranging in age from 20 to 2 which always keeps life interesting.
As a post-doctoral fellow with C-P.A.W.W., Joy provides support to the research team in the various research initiatives and will be expanding her knowledge in community-based research.