Director, Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Johns Hopkins University
Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D., is Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), and a principal research scientist and research professor of sociology and education at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Epstein has more than one hundred publications on the nature and effects of family and community involvement. In 1995, she established NNPS to help school, district, and state leaders develop research-based programs of family and community engagement linked to student success in school.
Among recent awards, she was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2009 and received the 2009 Elizabeth Cohen Award for Applied Research from AERA’s Sociology of Education Special Interest Group. Current research focuses on how district and school leadership affects the quality of partnership programs and results for students. In all of her work, she is interested in the connections of research, policy, and practice.