Scientist and certified nurse practitioner Paule V. Joseph, PhD MS, FNP-BC, FAAN, received a Protégé Award at this year’s Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) NightinGala. The Protégé Award is presented to nurse researchers who show great promise in advancing science.
Dr. Joseph is a researcher at NIAAA with a joint appointment at NINR. Her work also explores the intersection between chemosensation, environment, culture, nutrition, and dietary norms and behaviors as they relate to substance use disorders and obesity. She conducts research to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and management of disorders involving the chemical senses (taste, smell, and chemesthesis), and how the brain uses these sensations to guide eating, alcohol consumption, and drug-taking behaviors. Dr. Joseph’s research also looks at brain systems that underlie motivational processes–and how they may be different in individuals with obesity, alcohol, or other substance misuse.
Dr. Joseph is currently a Lasker clinical research scholar, NIH distinguished scholar, clinical investigator, and chief of the Section of Sensory Science and Metabolism in Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research at the NIAAA and NINR. She earned a Master of Science as a family nurse practitioner from Pace University in 2010, her executive MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology in 2023, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015, conducting research at Monell Chemical Senses Center. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the NIH/NINR in 2017.