Joy Goodfellow has been involved in early childhood education for many years as a practitioner, an educator and a researcher. She is a recent recipient of two Australian Research Council grants one of which investigated grandparents' experiences as regular child care providers and the other, the impact of the regulatory environment on early childhood teachers' professional decision-making. As an Honorary Associate of Macquarie University, she continues to be invited,as a consultant, to provide advice with respect to course development in the context of early education.
Since 1999, she has served on the board of a large not-for-profit child care organisation and is currently a Vice-President and Research Consultant where her main role is in facilitating and supporting evidence-based practitioner inquiry. In 2003, she received a Margaret Trembath Scholarship to undertake an 18-month evaluation of a Commonwealth funded Parent Resource Program. Recently, she received a small grant to collect 'oral histories' of parents from disadvantaged backgrounds who participated in a family strengths based early intervention program. She actively disseminates information relative to the early childhood field through publishing in peer-refereed journals, invitations to write book chapters and presentations at national and international conferences. Dr Goodfellow is also a reviewer for peer-reviewed national and international journals.