Joyce Morrissey Donohue, PhD

Title: Scientist
Company: Office of Water, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Location: Woodbridge, Virginia, United States

Joyce Morrissey Donohue, PhD, a Health Scientist at the United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water, is recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for her dedication, achievements, and leadership as a teacher and health scientist.

Dr. Donohue earned her Bachelor of Science in Education at Framingham State College in 1961 with a Foods and Nutrition Major, a Master of Science in Nutrition Research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1964 and PhD in biochemistry at the University of New Hampshire in 1972. She achieved Massachusetts certification as a secondary school teacher of chemistry, biology, general science and home economics in 1961 She became a Registered Dietitian in 1986 as her risk assessment activities and teaching assignments more frequently drew upon her background in foods and nutrition.

Inspired by an excellent high school chemistry teacher Joyce perused careers as both a teacher and chemical risk assessor. She began her career teaching chemistry and biology at West Springfield High School in Massachusetts in 1962 and remained in this position for four years after which she accepted a position as an assistant professor at her undergraduate alma mater where she taught in both the chemistry and nutrition departments from 1966 to 1968 when she was awarded a National Defense Education Fellowship for graduate studies at the University of New Hampshire. Returning to Framingham in 1971 as an Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department she taught until she moved to Northern Virginia where she continued to teach nutrition and chemistry part time as an Adjunct Associate Professor at both Northern Virginia Community College and the Northern Virginia Extension Campus for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Her career as a chemical risk assessor began at VJ Cicconi & Associates in Woodbridge VA where she worked from 1981 to 1989 assessing the effects of minerals (e.g. copper. fluoride, sulfate, zinc) in drinking water and drinking water additive chemicals under contracts with the U.S. EPA and NSF International. She then became a program manager/toxicologist at the Virginia offices of Life Systems Inc. (1990 to 1994) where she did assignments for the EPA Office of Groundwater and Drinking water, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Department of Defense.  After closure of the Life System Washington Office she became the manager of toxicology at the National Sanitation Foundation International Washington DC office for two years before joining EPA in 1996.

Dr. Donohue is most proud of the accomplishments of her four children: Maura, John, Sean and Eric, now all employed in fields that make full use of their respective talents.  She also gets great satisfaction from the careers and personal accomplishments of her former interns and students starting with some she taught in high school.

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