Joan Haase, PhD, RN, FAAN

Joan Haase, PhD, RN, FAAN

Science of Nursing Care
Holmquist Professor in Pediatric Oncology Nursing
Co-director, Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center
Co-director, T32 Training Grant in Behavioral Health Nursing

Contact Information

Phone: (317) 274-2982
Nursing E431, Indianapolis


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona
PhD, Texas Women's University
MSN, University of California at Los Angeles
BSN, Cornell Unversity


Dr. Haase is internationally recognized for her research on ways children, adolescents, young adults, and families positively adjust to the experience of cancer and other chronic illnesses. Her Resilience in Illness Model (RIM; formerly called the Adolescent Resilience Model) guides descriptive and intervention research to improve symptoms and psychosocial adjustment for adolescents and young adults with cancer. The RIM currently is being used to guide multi-site behavioral intervention studies to improve outcomes for adolescents/young adults with high-risk cancer and their parents. The RIM recently was adapted as the guiding framework for research conducted by the Children's Oncology Group Nursing Discipline and also is being used by nurse scientists internationally. Dr. Haase is recognized for her expertise in mixed methods research. As co-director of the IUPUI Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center, Dr. Haase is working with an interdisciplinary community of scientists who aim to improve palliative care/end-of-life communication across the lifespan. As a co-director of the T32 training grant in Behavioral Health Nursing and as an advisory board member of the R25 interdisciplinary training grant in behavioral oncology, Dr. Haase provides leadership in research training and mentors pre- and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom have successfully received external funding for their own work. Dr. Haase is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, received the 2007 Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award by the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing and the 2008 Oncology Nursing Society Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award. Dr. Haase has served on several foundation and NIH research study sections, and is serving a second term on the American Cancer Society (ACS) Council for Extramural Grants and was recently appointed to the ACS Scientific Council.

External Funding

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation For Childhood Cancer (1/2012-1/2014). Co-Investigator. Development of a Connectedness with Healthcare Providers Scale for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer.

NIH 1 R21 NR013755-01. Submitted October, 2011.

Score 20 (7/01/2012-2014). Co-Investigator. Daily Engagement of Meaningful Activity.

The Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and training (RESPECT) Center. (2012). Co-Investigator. Stories and Music for Parents and Young Children with Cancer: A Clinical Feasibility Study.

T32 NR007066. (2006-2011). Co-Director. Training in Behavioral Nursing.

NIH/NCI 9R01 CA162181-05. (2011-15). PI. Palliative Cancer Care: Music Video for AYA-Parent Communication and Resilience.

Selected Publications

Phillips-Salimi, C. R., Haase, J. E., & Kooken, W. C. (2011). Connectedness in the context of patient-provider relationships: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05763.x

Robb, S. L., Burns, D. S., Docherty, S., & Haase, J. E. (2010). Ensuring treatment fidelity in a multi-site behavioral intervention study: Implementing NIH Behavior Change Consortium Recommendations in the SMART Trial. Psycho-Oncology. doi: 10.1002/pon.1845

Chen, C., Chen, Y., & Haase, J. E. (2008). The game of lives in surviving childhood brain tumors. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 30(4), 435-57.

Stiffler, D., Haase, J. E., Hosei, B., & Barada, B. (2008). Parenting experiences with adolescent daughters when mothers have breast cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 35(1), 113-120.

Kooken, W. C., Haase, J. E., & Russell, K. M. (2007). I've been through something: Poetic explorations of African American women's cancer survivorship. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 29(7), 896-919.