Joan K. Austin, PhD, RN, FAAN
Distinguished Professor Emerita
Indiana University School of Nursing
Dr. Joan K. Austin is a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing at Indiana University, Indianapolis. Prior to her retirement she held the Sally Reahard Endowed Chair, was the Director of the Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness, and was the Director of Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Training in Health Behavior Research at the School of Nursing. In the Indiana University School of Medicine she held adjunct appointments in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry, and in the Purdue School of Science she held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Psychology.
Dr. Austin is a nurse scientist who studies mental health and academic achievement problems in children with epilepsy. For over 20 years her research was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Her research has received many awards, including the Clinical Investigator Award from the American Epilepsy Society / Milken Family Medical Foundation in 1993, the Social Accomplishment Award from the International Bureau for Epilepsy / International League Against Epilepsy in 1997, and the Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Science Award from the American Nurses Foundation in 2004.
Dr. Austin has been actively involved in health policy at the national level. She was president of the American Epilepsy Society in 2005 and completed four terms on the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation. Currently, she is a consultant to the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). She has been a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) since 2000 and was a member of the IOM Committee on the Public Health Dimensions of Epilepsy that released its report, Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding, in 2012.