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Joan Esterline Lafuze, Ph.D

Professor of Biology
Whitewater Hall 271
(765) 973-8246


  • Ph.D. in Physiology, Indiana University   1981
  • M.S. in Physiology, Ball State University   1975
  • A.B. in Humanities, Indiana University   1959
  • Medical Technology, St. Vincent Hospital 1963
  • M.T.  (ASCP)

Current Research Interests

Neutrophil Function; Neuroscience (applied to gender issues, dual diagnosis , addictions and psychiatric disorders); Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Lafuze, JE.  Unveiling the Brain: Gender Matters. Keynote for the 21st Annual Indiana University Women’s and Gender Studies Conference. Richmond, IN. April 3, 2009.
  • Schmetzer AD, Lafuze JE, Jack M.  Overcoming Stigma: Involving Families in Medical Student and Psychiatry Residency Education.  Academic Psychiatry.  March-April 2008.
  • Chambers, RA, Sajdyk, TJ, Conroy, SK, Lafuze, JE, Fitz, SD, Shekhar, A.  Neonatal Amygdala  Lesions Shekhar, A.  Neonatal   
    Amygdala  Lesions:Co-occurring Impact on Social/Fear-related Behavior and Cocaine Sensitization in  Adult Rats.
     Behavioral  Neuroscience, 2007, Vol. 121, No. 6, 1316-1327.

Affiliated Appointments

  • Research Associate, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Riley Hospital for Children Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Adjunct, Indiana University, School of Nursing;
  • Research Associate, Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Selected Offices Held in National/International Professional Organizations

  • Immediate Past President of the Association for Women In Science (AWIS)
  • Family Education Specialist and Past President of NAMI IN. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Selected Academic Awards/Recognitions

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Fraternity
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Fraternity
  • Pamarada Honorary
  • Sigma Xi
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda

Teaching Awards

  • Trustees Teaching Award (2004)
  • Student Choice Award (2004)
  • Indiana University Frederic Bachman Lieber Teaching Award (1998)
  • Induction into FACET (1993)

Service Awards

  • Norman Skole Service Award (Marion County Mental Health Association) (2004)
  • NAMI IN President’s Award (1994)


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