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Joyce Duckles

Joyce Duckles

Associate Professor (clinical)
Counseling & Human Development
LeChase Hall 489
(585) 276-4894
PhD, University of Rochester (human development)

Joyce Duckles specializes in family studies, community development, informal learning, and qualitative grounded theory and participatory research practices. Her current research includes an eight-year ethnographic collaborative project on urban community transformation, an investigation of the processes and outcomes of the training and education program “Engaging Older Adult Learners as Health Researchers (ENGOAL),” which aims to engage older adults from underserved and under-resourced communities as participants in health research, and a collaborative mixed-methods study to understand how to support local food and health practices and co-construct spaces for healthy and sustainable change.
In November 2018, her community-university research team expanded to include ENGOAL graduates. Sankofa Communiversity was founded as an intergenerational, collaborative community of research, scholarship and social activism. With 17 community researchers and graduate student apprentices, this collaborative works as co-researchers, co-authors, co-implementers, and co-activists with shared values of remembering history, building community, and grounding their practices in research. They present widely on relational strategies and models of urban transformation and activism, on supporting neighborhood and family well-being, and on addressing inequalities and disparities across community and health through re-framing practices of collaborative research and publicly engaged scholarship.

In the News

10/02/2019 Sankofa Communiversity: Embracing a Safe Space for Building a Vibrant Rochester Community
3/20/2019 Wednesday Lunch Hour - Engaging Older Adult Learners as Health Researchers (ENGOAL): Research Proposals from a Cohort of Community Activists and Scholars
9/06/2018 Study on Healthy Urban Community Development Gets Support from UR’s CTSI Pilot Studies Program
8/15/2018 ENGOAL Program: Crossing Boundaries and Making Strides
4/11/2018 Wednesday Lunch Hour - Emerging Scholars in the ENGOAL Project: Researching Health and Aging by Older Adults
1/18/2018 ENGOAL Program Creates Community of Emerging Health Researchers
1/08/2018 New Book Documents Authentic, Collaborative Community Transformation Work in Rochester
7/24/2017 University of Rochester Researchers Receive PCORI Community Engagement Award 
3/30/2016 Wednesday Lunch Hour - Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Urban Transformation in the Beechwood Neighborhood
12/07/2015 Video: Engaging Students Inside the Classroom, and Out
4/21/2014 MONDAY Lunch Talk — Living in the Versus: Intentionality and Boundary Crossing in a Community-University Partnership
3/30/2014 Joyce Duckles on Family Engagement in Democrat & Chronicle
3/29/2014 Freedom Market Transformation Project Featured in Democrat & Chronicle
1/29/2014 Larson and Duckles Appointed to RCSD Advisory Committees
9/12/2013 Partners in Transforming an Urban Community
5/03/2013 Making the Connections: Classroom to Community
1/18/2012 Warner School to Show Going on 13 Documentary as Part of Human Development Series
10/16/2011 Joyce Duckles on Human Development Film Series on YNN
10/10/2011 Film Showing, Discussion for Babies Looks at Contemporary Parenting Across Cultures
2/04/2010 Doctoral Student Quoted in Chicago Tribune, ACM articles on Early Science Learning
5/01/2005 ScienceStart! Partners with Strong Museum

ED406 Master's Research Methods
ED418 The Family and Social Dynamics
ED419 Life Course Studies
ED429 Theories of Human Development
EDE429 Informal Learning - Informal Education
EDE493 Navigating Illness with Children and Families: A Child Life Approach
ED494 Research & Praxis in Human Development
ED507 Qualitative Research Methods
EDU557 Selected Theories of Human Development
EDU572 Development of Selves