Joy is responsible for the overall management of Scottish Training - Drugs and Alcohol (STRADA), a joint initiative between Centre for Drug Misuse Research, Department of Adult and Continuing Education (University of Glasgow) and DrugScope. She was formerly a Research Fellow involved in the study of parental drug dependency. She is an experienced research consultant in the field of drug misuse and HIV/AIDS and the impact on women and children. She has published widely in these areas, particularly in the areas of needs assessment, monitoring, evaluation and training. She was formerly a member of the Home Office Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and continues to serve on its Prevention Working Group. She also serves on the Scottish Advisory Committee on Drug Misuse and the Scottish Social Inclusion Network.