Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Services
Lynch School of Education
Julia DeVoy's research and teaching has concentrated on the relationship of social class variables to the human lifespan, with a focus on social mobility among low-income global citizens that examines personal aspects, as well as ecological contexts such as family, faith, workplace, community and educational settings, which facilitate or constrain development. She is currently investigating ways in which economically disempowered individuals develop dual class-based psychological identities in order to transition to elevated economic levels while maintaining healthy emotional well-being and relational support.
Devoy has been involved nationally and internationally in social impact, social entrepreneur businesses and social justice work since 1989. DeVoy is co-author of several articles on social class mobility, career development and work-based psychology including, among them: “The Psychology of Working: A New Framework for Counseling Practice and Public Policy” (Career Development Quarterly); “Self-concept” (Encyclopedia of Career Development); “Qualitative Research in Career Development: Exploring the Center and Margins of Discourse About Careers and Working” (Journal of Career Assessment). She was selected as the Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) awardee for best submission of an action oriented project geared towards addressing the complex issue of fresh water scarcity facing the world today.