Professor of Mental Health at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has worked on numerous funded projects pertaining to mental health, inclusion and participation. Research on the exploration of stakeholder perspectives and implementation has been a strong feature of her work to date. She has a background in forensic mental health and more recently her national and international focus has been upon minimising restrictive practices such as physical restraint and coercion across varied settings. She was a member of the Guideline Development Group for the NICE guidelines on Violence and Aggression: Short-term management in mental health, health and community settings. Joy has written extensively on this subject over the past 20 years.
As a result of her profile in this area and collaborative ventures, Joy was Chair Elect of the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group, and is currently Trustee and Chair of the Restraint Reduction Network. In recognition of her work she was awarded the national mental health nursing accolade: The Eileen Skellern Award in 2014. More recently she has been made a NICE Fellow 2020-2023.
Joy has secured funding to examine a range of topics including coercion, patient safety, service user engagement, participatory action and co-creation research, the mental health act and detention. She has conducted extensive research in her field using co-production, multimethods and implementation science. Funders have included NIHR, MOJ, YJB, ESRC and the Health Foundation. She has published extensively in the area of mental health care and coercion and made a number of media appearances pertaining to the topic.