Joshua B. Kay is a clinical assistant professor of law in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, Child Welfare Appellate Clinic, and the Domestic Relations Mediation Clinic. His primary interests include examining how legal requirements are put into practice in the field in child abuse and neglect cases, how the child protection system addresses the needs of parents and children with disabilities, and how mental health information is used and understood by child welfare agency and judicial personnel. He has conducted numerous trainings nationwide for child welfare workers, judges, and attorneys representing parents and children.
Prof. Kay earned his BA with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College, where he received the R.H. Stetson Award in Psychology and Psychobiology. He then earned his MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan, where he was a Regents' Fellow. Prior to earning his JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, he served as an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he studied the effects of pediatric disability and was an attending psychologist and member of the ethics committee at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. He also taught courses in clinical assessment and supervised the clinical work of graduate students in the Department of Psychology. During law school, Prof. Kay received the International Achievement Summit Award and the Craig Spangenberg Oral Advocacy Award. After law school, he joined Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service as a Skadden Fellow, receiving a Certificate of Appreciation for his representation of parents with disabilities in child welfare matters from the University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns.