Joy Lauerer is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at MUSC. She received her Bachelor's degree from The University of Toledo and her Masters of Nursing from Wayne State University. Joy is currently completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at The University of Alabama.
Joy is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has maintained a private practice treating preschoolers to young adults with mental health issues for the past 15 years. Joy's research interests include adolescent self-care and teaching children and adolescent's strategies to promote and protect health over a lifetime. Joy has received numerous awards for her work in the community with vulnerable populations.
Joy currently practices at Coastal Pediatric Associates in Charleston. This is the largest pediatric practice in Charleston and the first practice to integrate behavioral health in a primary pediatric setting. Previously she practiced at 180 Place Charleston's Homeless Shelter. Joy has received The Golden Lamp award an unprecedented 4 times chosen by the students as the nurse they would most like to emulate as a professional nurse. Joy also received The Palmetto Gold award in 2014 for excellence in nursing education.
In 2016 Joy received The APNA award for Innovation in Education and in 2017 was elected for a three-year appointment as the co-chair of the child adolescent council.
Joy is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, The American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and The American Holistic Nurses Association.
Joy teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.