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Joan Haase

Joan Haase

IU School of Nursing
February 2009

Modern medical research and high-powered technology are changing the face of health care, but for Joan Haase, there is still a place for a low-tech approach that empowers the human spirit by engaging hope and spirituality.

Haase is internationally recognized for her research into how children, adolescents, young adults and their families adjust to dealing with cancer and other chronic illnesses, building on the innate resilience of human nature.

Her adolescent resilience model (ARM for short) is widely used around the world by professionals who help youngsters and their families cope with both the physical and mental stress caused by diseases like cancer.

Like many IUPUI researchers, she regularly crosses the lines between schools to increase the benefits to others. Her work regularly intertwines with fellow faculty from the nursing school, the IU School of Medicine and the music and arts technology department in the Purdue School of Engineering & Technology.

Haase is the Emily Holmquist Professor in Pediatric Oncology Nursing in the IU School of Nursing at IUPUI, an honor named for the former dean of the nursing school. The impact of her work on the field of health care also has earned her a spot as one of the featured scholars in IUPUI's Translating Research Into Practice project.

Haase has won numerous awards for her work, including the 2008 Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award (from the Oncology Nursing Society) and the 2007 Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award (from the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing).

Her passion for her work may be matched only for her love of giraffes - the stuffed giraffes that surround her in the office where she's constantly looking for the next step in enriching the lives of those battling chronic illness.