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Lasker Clinical Research Scholar and Tenure-Track Clinical Investigator

National Institute of Nursing Research


CLOSING KEYNOTE: The Year Of The Nurse & Midwife: Courage, Care, And Commitment


Dr. Paule V. Joseph, a 2019 Lasker Scholar and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Distinguished Scholar. She is Chief of the Section on Hedonics, Sensory Science and Metabolism (SenSMet) at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)  with a dual appointment at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Dr. Joseph received an AAS in Nursing at Hostos Community College, a BSN from the College of New Rochelle, and a Master of Science with a specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Pace University. She completed her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and conducted her PhD work at the Monell Chemical Senses Center. She then completed a Workforce Diversity Clinical and Translational Postdoctoral Fellowship  at the NINR.

She is conducting pre-clinical, clinical, and translational studies to improve the diagnosis, prevention, and management of chemosensory disorders and symptoms— in chronic conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes—by examining the role that smell and taste play in those conditions. She is also exploring how the neurological mechanisms underlying taste and smell might be different in individuals with alcohol and substance-use disorders. Dr. Joseph’s laboratory is leading research that is aimed at enhancing the understanding of molecular, cellular, neural, and behavioral mechanisms underlying symptoms to identify new targets for treatment and improve symptom management strategies. Dr. Joseph brings a unique and necessary perspective to the study of chemosensation (taste, smell & chemesthesis alterations) by incorporating both clinical and bench science approaches. As of late, she has been conducting research on the effects on COVID-19 on the chemical senses.

Dr. Joseph  has received several awards, including the highly competitive Johnson & Johnson- American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship, the Rockefeller University Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Award.  This year she was selected by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) as one of 2020’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health and National Association of Hispanic Nurses 40 under 40 award winner.  She is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and an international Transcultural Fellow. Dr. Joseph’s leadership comprises her multifaceted career combining research and clinical practice. Aside from her research at the NIH, her background as a nurse scientist and a woman of color has influenced her commitment to increase diversity in STEM related fields.Dr. Joseph is devoted to promoting diversity and decreasing health disparities. Her visionary leadership of national and global non-profits has focused on increasing the promotion of health within underserved populations and increasing diversity among the next generation of clinical and translational researchers. She currently serves as Vice-president of the Amazing Grace Children’s Foundation based in Ghana. She also mentors and trains students and junior faculty from underrepresented backgrounds. Additionally, she serves as the Director of Mentorship for the African Research Academy for Women.  Dr. Joseph’s clinical experience, research interests, leadership skills, and dedication to diversity and health have distinguished her as a young nurse scientist.

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