Joan Morrell earned her PhD in anatomy from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She then moved to Rockefeller University where she spent 12 years rising through the academic ranks from postdoctoral fellow to associate professor. She joined the faculty of Rutgers in Newark in 1986. She has published 117 peer reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters. In her lab, she has trained 15 graduate students to the PhD level and 12 postdoctoral fellows. She has done extensive service as a member of the National Institutes of Health Peer Review system, served as Behavioral Neuroscience Section editor for Neuroscience and also on a number of other journal editorial boards. Her research is supported by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the March of Dimes, NARSAD and the Busch Biomedical Fund. Dr. Morrell retired in 2020.