Joyce served as a graphic designer and research assistant for the AI Lab while a masters student in the MIS department at the University of Arizona. Joyce received her masters degree in MIS from the UofA in 2008. She had previously received her B.S. in Computer Science with dual minors in Media Arts and Chinese Studies also from the UofA. Her areas of interest included graphic design, 3D modeling/animation, user interface design, systems analysis, process mapping, and deception detection.