Joy Alizadeh graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. Her major combines educational psychology and child development. She studied attachment theory through the Institute of Child Development and worked closely with the Minnesota Mother-Child Project, a 40-year longitudinal study of the effects of poverty on child development. She also spent 4 years on the Optimal Growth Research Team through the Department of Educational Psychology. She has been a proactive community organizer, starting the women’s networking group entitled The Joy of Business. She worked with an abuse center, The Door of Hope, developing their community outreach program as well as core office management. She is a presenter on the effects of abuse on child development and leads small group and support groups.