Joan Haase, PhD, RN, FAAN

Joan Haase, PhD, RN, FAAN

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

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 is in current use to guide multi-site behavioral intervention studies to improve outcomes for adolescents/young adults with high-risk cancer and their parents. The RIM was adapted as the guiding framework for research conducted by the Children's Oncology Group Nursing Discipline and is also 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 was a recipient of the 2015 Prestigious External Award Recognition at IUPUI, was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International 2014 Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Haase serves on several foundation and NIH research study sections, and served on the American Cancer society (ACS) Council for Extramural Grants from 2009-2014.

External Funding

Walther Cancer Foundation (2015-2016) Revise and evaluate the COMPLETE I standardized training protocol for PC/EOL intervention for parents of children with high risk tumors (MPI).

NIH/NCI R01 CA162181-05 (2011-2016). Palliative Cancer Care: Music Video for AYA-Parent Communication and Resilience (MPI).

NIH/NINR R21 NR013755-01 (2012-2015) Meaningful Activity Intervention for Persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment (Co-I).

Indiana University Health Values (2013-2015) Sustainable Infrastructure Development for Advanced Communication Skills Training Focus on Reflective Teaching Practices in End-of-Life Communication (Co-I).

St. Baldrick's Foundation (2013-2015) Development of a Web-based Resilience in Illness Profile Intervention for AYA with Cancer (Co-I).

IUPUI RESPECT Signature Center (2011-2016) The mission of the Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center, an IUPUI Signature Center, is to build a collaborative, interdisciplinary scientific community of researchers and clinicians to work together to advance the science of communication in palliative and end-of-life care across the lifespan (Co-Director).

Walther Cancer Foundation (2013-2014) Conduct additional exploratory analysis on influences of Resilience in Illness Model factors on quality of life in adolescents/young adults with cancer (Co-I).

IU School of Nursing (2015-2016) Active Music Engagement to Manage Acute Distress and Improve Positive Health Outcomes in Young Children undergoing Stem Cell Transplant and Parents (Co-I).

Selected Publications

Hendricks-Ferguson, V., Sawin, K., Montgommery, K., Haase, J. E., & Phillips-Salimi, C. (2015). Novice nurses' experiences with palliative and end-of-life communication. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. PMID: 25556105

Hendricks-Ferguson, V. L., Kane, J. R., Pradhan, K., Chie-Schin, S., Baker, J., Gauvain, K., & Haase, J. E. (2015). Evaluation of physician and nurse dyad training procedures to deliver a palliative and end-of-life communication intervention to parents of children with a brain rumor. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. (advance online publication). PMID: 25623029

Robb, S., Burns, D., Stegenga, K., Haut, P., Monahan, P., Meza, J., Stump, T., Cherven, B., Docherty, S., Hendricks-Ferguson, V., Kintner, E., Haight, A., Wall, D., & Haase, J. E. (2014).  Randomized clinical trial of therapeutic music video intervention for resilience outcomes in adolescents/young adults undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant: A report from the Children's Oncology Group. Cancer, 120(6), 909-917. PMCID: PMC3947727

Haase, J. E., Robb, S., Kintner, E. K., Monahan, P. O, Stump, T., Burns, D. S., Phillips-Salimi, C., Stegenga, K. A., & Haut, P. R. (2014). The resilience in illness model, Part 1: Exploratory evaluation in adolescents and young adults with cancer. Cancer Nursing, 37(3), PE1-E12. PMID: 23519038

Kelly, K. P., Hooke, M. C., Ruccione, K., Landier, W., & Haase, JE. (2014). Children's Oncology Group nursing research framework. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 30(1), 17-25. PMID: 24559776

Haase, J. E., & Peterson, S. (2013). (revision in progress, 2016 publication). Resilience. In Peterson & Bredow (Eds.), Middle range theories: Application to nursing research (2nd ed., pp. 256-284). Philadelpha, PA: Lippencott.

Phillips-Salimi, C. R., Haase, J. E., & Kooken, W. C. (2012). Connectedness in the context of patient-provider relationships: A concept analysis. Journal of Advance Nursing, 68(1), 230-245. PMID: 21771040