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Joan K. Austin, D.N.S.

Dr. Joan K. Austin is a Distinguished Professor of Nursing at the Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis. She has been a faculty member in the School of Nursing since 1981 and holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine and in the Department of Psychology, Purdue University School of Science. In addition, Dr. Austin is the principal investigator for the Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness (CEQL) that is funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and based in the nursing research center at Indiana University School of Nursing. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and presently a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation and the Research Commission of the International Bureau for Epilepsy. She is currently the Second Vice President of the American Epilepsy Society and in 2005 she will become the first nurse to serve as President of that organization.

Dr. Austin's program of research focuses on mental health problems in children with chronic illness and their families. She has been funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study child adaptation to epilepsy since 1986. Her current research focuses on behavioral problems in children with first-recognized seizures. She also is the principal investigator of a study funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research that investigates mental health and academic achievement outcomes in adolescents with chronic epilepsy.

At the beginning of her nursing career, Dr. Austin practiced in child and adolescent psychiatric nursing and in neuroscience nursing. In 1981 she completed her doctorate in nursing science at Indiana University with a major in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Dr. Austin's numerous awards include the Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the American Epilepsy Society/Milken Family Medical Foundation Clinical Investigator Research Award, a Special Recognition Award from the Epilepsy Foundation of America, and the Award of Social Accomplishment from the International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy.

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Joan K. Austin, D.N.S.
Indiana University School of Nursing
1111 Middle Drive, NU 492
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5107
317-274-8254
joausti@iupui.edu

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