President | National Heat Safety Coalition
Margaret Morrissey started at the Korey Stringer Institute in 2018 and currently serves as the Director of Occupational Safety. Her passion to keep workers safe from heat-related injuries and illnesses began in 2016 after assisting with a large research investigation examining physiological strain of firefighting at the Illinois Fire Service Institute. Years later, she continues to dedicate her career to protecting workers from the dangers of occupational heat stress through research and educational initiatives. She recently led an interdisciplinary roundtable meeting of 51 experts that resulted in comprehensive, consensus-based heat safety recommendations for preventing heat-related injuries and illnesses [in press]. She also serves as Co-Principal Investigator for a NIOSH grant examining the validity of wearable technologies on physical work in extreme environmental temperatures. Her primary research interests focus on prevention of heat-related illnesses and injuries in working populations, exertional heat stroke, and thermoregulatory responses while working in the heat.
Margaret Morrissey received her undergraduate degree at Skidmore College in Health and Exercise Sciences. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she worked at Weill Cornell Medicine as a Clinical Research Coordinator evaluating the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical trials on the treatment of hematological disorders. She received her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition from Florida State University. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut with an anticipated completion date of May 2022.