Joyce Arditti, professor of human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has won the 2014 Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Her work, “Parental Incarceration and the Family: Psychological and Social Effects of Imprisonment on Children,” was published in May 2012 by New York University Press. 

Arditti said it grew out of her research on family disruption, parent-child relationships in vulnerable families, and public policy.

The award will be presented by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences at its annual meeting in February. An international association established in 1963, ACJS promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice. Its book award is given annually to acknowledge an author who has made an extraordinary contribution to the study of crime and criminal justice.

Arditti has achieved global recognition for her studies of marginalized groups. Besides “Parental Incarceration and the Family,” she has publishing empirical and review articles in therapy, social work, family studies, psychology, and criminal justice journals. 

Recognizing her exceptional contributions to family science scholarship, teaching, outreach, and professional service, the National Council on Family Relations in early 2012 conferred its prestigious Fellow status on her.

Arditti served as editor of Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies for five years. At Virginia Tech, she has been a member of numerous thesis and dissertation committees and has led student groups to Mexico and Colombia on education abroad opportunities.

Arditti received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her master’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.



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