Paule Valery Joseph is a Lasker Clinical Scholar and National Institutes of Health Distinguished Scholar. She is Chief of the Sensory Science and Metabolism Unit at the National Institute of Nursing Research with a dual appointment at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Dr. Joseph’s lab investigates the complexity of the interplay among various biological and behavioral components that influence chemosensory symptoms (taste, smell & chemesthesis) in the context of diseases, with a special emphasis on metabolic disorders such as obesity. Given that both obesity and alcohol and substance use disorders share common neuronal mechanisms, her laboratory also focuses on the interplay between metabolic disorders, sensory-related pathways and brain diseases, particularly alcohol and substance use disorders. Her research has been cited in journals of nursing, genomics, nutrition, and chemosensation. Dr. Joseph holds Editorial Board positions on BMC Nutrition, Health Equity, and the Biological Research for Nursing. Dr. Joseph is also known for her philanthropic work in Ghana. She currently serves as Vice-president of the Amazing Grace Children’s Foundation. She is 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.
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 NIH