Scientist and certified nurse practitioner Paule V. Joseph, PhD MS, FNP-BC, FAAN, is the inaugural 2022-2024 American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Dr. Joseph’s selection will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the NAM in Washington, D.C. on Monday, October 17.
The AAN Fellowship at NAM aims to provide talented, early career scientists in the field of health and nursing with the opportunity to improve patient care and the quality and breadth of public health research.
Dr. Joseph is a researcher at the NIAAA with a joint appointment at the National Institute of Nursing Research (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 is interested in 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 is also interested in the brain systems that underlie motivational processes—and how they may be different in individuals with obesity or alcohol or other substance misuse.
Dr. Joseph is currently a Lasker clinical research 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, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015, conducting research at Monell Chemical Senses Center. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the NIH in 2017.