Joan E. Lafuze


Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award (1998)
Indiana University East
School of Science
Department of Biology


Joan Esterline Lafuze, Ph.D., a Systems Medical Physiologist, is Professor of Biology at Indiana University East and a Research Associate in Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Although Dr. Lafuze's area of research expertise is neutrophil function, her longtime interest in the brain-based disorders that are called mental illnesses has expanded her three-fold dedication to teaching, research and service as Indiana University faculty to include the bio-psycho-social aspects of mental illnesses and co-occurring mental illnesses and addictions (dual diagnosis). Dr. Lafuze was inducted into Indiana University's Teaching Academy FACET in 1993 and currently serves as Liaison from Indiana University East to the FACET Steering Committee She is a charter Mack Fellow, serves on the Editorial Board of JoSoTL(Journal on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) as a section editor, is Co-Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Indiana University East, is Immediate Past President of the Indiana Chapter of the Association for Women in Science, is a Past President and Family Education Specialist of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Indiana. Dr. Lafuze has numerous publications including scientific journal articles, book and book chapters and has made a number of presentations at regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Lafuze's awards include the Indiana University East Trustees' Teaching Award, the Student Choice Teaching Award, The Chancellor's Award and the All Indiana University Frederic Bachman Lieber Teaching Award.