Barbara Joyce, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Dr. Joyce joined the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in 2010 as an Associate Professor and Director of Curriculum Evaluation. She is currently Course Director for the behavioral science course and also directs curriculum mapping.

Dr. Joyce was Director of Instructional Design at Henry Ford Health System and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Wayne State University. At Henry Ford Health System, she designed, implemented, and evaluated curricula, assessment tools, and program improvement processes for 45 Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency and fellowship training programs. In addition, she designed educational curricula, assessment tools, and program improvement processes for the Henry Ford Health System Center for Simulation Education and Research. Previously, she was Senior Project Manager at the ACGME, where she worked on the Outcome Project and provided faculty development on the competencies.

Additional past experiences include Associate Director of Behavioral Science at Genesys Regional Medical Center, where she led training for Family Medicine residents and Health Psychology post-doctoral fellows, and she was also Director of Behavioral Science at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Joyce speaks nationally and internationally on topics relevant to medical education and faculty development. She is a clinical neuropsychologist.


Medical education, behavioral science


Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1984, Educational and Clinical Psychology, College of Education, Detroit, MI

M.A., Wayne State University, 1976, Educational and Clinical Psychology, College of Education, Detroit, MI

B.A., Wayne State University, 1974, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, Detroit, MI


Licensed Psychologist State of Michigan

National Register of Health Service Providers

Research Interests:

Physician-patient communication, medical education, innovative education strategies, assessment in medical education, program improvement in medical education, competencies and milestones, faculty development outcomes, developing leadership skills in medical education, residents as teachers, physician wellness, complex learning, simulation and standardized patients