Over the 10 years that Associate Professor Joyce Hopkins has been on faculty at IIT College of Psychology, students have described her as being personable and having expansive knowledge of developmental psychopathology. She is considered to be an expert in her field of infant mental health, and served as the president of the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health. Currently, Hopkins is a member of the organization’s board of directors. She also recently chaired a committee for the State of Illinois to develop a system of approved diagnoses for infants and young children so that they are able to receive mental health services. Before coming to IIT, Hopkins was codirector of the Parent-Infant Development Service at the University of Chicago.
Her research interests focus on risk factors for behavioral and emotional disorders in young children, with a specific emphasis on attachment and parent-child interaction. She is the co-investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health-funded longitudinal study, currently in its third year, examining risk factors for behavioral and emotional problems in young children.