Joyce Morrissey Donohue, PhD

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

Joyce Morrissey Donohue, PhD, Scientist at the Office of Water of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nutrition and biochemistry.

Inspired by an excellent chemistry teacher she had in high school, Dr. Donohue is the chemical risk assessor and a health scientist at the Office of Water of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where she has been since 1996. She began her career teaching chemistry and biology at West Springfield High School in Massachusetts in 1962, remaining in this position for four years before instructing chemistry and nutrition at Framingham State College from 1966 to 1968. Moving up the ranks from assistant professor to associate professor, she then taught for some years at other colleges before becoming a health scientist at VJ Cicconi & Associates from 1981 to 1989, the toxicology service manager at the Washington Service Center for one year, the program manager and a toxicologist at Life Systems Inc., from 1990 to 1994, and the manager of toxicology at the National Sanitation Foundation International from 1994 to 1996. Prior to the start of her career, Dr. Donohue pursued a formal education at Framingham State College, earning a Bachelor of Education in foods and nutrition in 1961. She then attended the University of Massachusetts, where she received a Master of Science in nutrition research in 1964, and the University of New Hampshire, attaining a PhD in biochemistry in 1972. Additionally, she is a certified secondary school science teacher in the State of Massachusetts and a registered dietitian.

Dr. Donohue’s greatest career achievement was when her children found their niches and graduated, and subsequently became employed in their field. As a risk assessor, it is the fluoride risk assessment that she is proudest of, which consists of figuring out the safest amount of fluoride. The Center for Disease Control actually changed the policy because of the risk assessment that she did using the dose assessment from others’ papers. The reward was getting the level lowered. A member of numerous organizations and recipient of various honors and accolades, Dr. Donohue also collects historic American clothing from about 1840 to 1940.

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