Joyce Lin, Ph.D.

Joyce Lin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office:  EC 552
Telephone:  (657) 278-2646

Curriculum VitaePDF File Opens in new window

Courses Taught

CAS 101 - Introduction to Child Development
CAS 201 - Child, Family, and Community
CAS 490T - Senior Seminar in Child and Adolescent Development: Culture and Ethnicity in Development 


Dr. Lin received her B.A. in Sociology and Minor in Education Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. in Education, with a specialization in Learning, Cognition, and Development, from the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). She was a part time faculty member at the California State University, Fullerton and UCI, briefly, before starting her postdoctoral research associate position at Purdue University. At Purdue, she worked on an assessment development project funded by the State of Indiana and Early Learning Indiana, which was focused on redesigning and evaluating Indiana’s kindergarten readiness assessment. She was also involved in Indiana’s On My Way Pre-K program, which provides 4-year-olds from families with low incomes with the opportunity to access high-quality pre-K programs.

Research areas

Dr. Lin’s research focuses on how to support parents in providing optimal home environments for their young children. Specifically, her research examines how parent perceptions of more distal contexts impact what they do with their children at home. One line of her research focuses on the relation between culture and physical punishment. She has examined how values are related to physical punishment experiences, across a diverse sample, along with how immigration and exposure to the U.S.-context is related to mothers’ physical punishment use. Her second line of research addresses the various factors that contribute to children’s home learning environments, including parent self-perceptions, parent-teacher communication, and parent perceptions of more distal contexts.