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Principal Investigator

Dr. Kate Brody Nooner is a licensed clinical psychologist, scientist, and professor. Dr. Nooner is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). She also serves as Graduate Coordinator and directs the Trauma and Resilience Laboratory. Dr. Nooner holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. She is a member of the National Consortium on Alcohol Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA.org).

Dr. Nooner's extramurally-funded research includes identifying mechanisms of underage binge drinking in maltreated children. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health supports her research. She has served as principal investigator of NIH grants (R15AA023251) and co-principal investigator with subcontracts from the Duke and USCD sites of NCANDA.org. Her research involves developing models for understanding clinical health disparities and resilience to substance use disorders following adverse childhood events. She uses neuroimaging to understand the onset, course, and intergenerational implications of trauma-related problems in childhood.

She has given presentations and authored publications in child maltreatment, health disparities, behavioral interventions, children's mental health, and neuroscience. She also services as the faculty advisor for the UNCW chapter of NAMI-OC. She is a member of the editorial board for Child Abuse & Neglect. She is an active member of professional organizations in her field, including the Research Society on Alcoholism and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Nooner serves as a Faculty Fellow of the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She was chosen to serve as Managing Editor for the Journal of Health Service Psychology​ for the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.

Dr. Nooner founded the General Psychotherapy & Assessment Clinic to provide evidence-based clinical care to the community as part of UNCW's PhD in General Clinical Psychology, which she also helped establish. She enjoys supervising psychology trainees and interns, provisionally licensed psychologists, and licensed psychological associates. Dr. Nooner spent six years as a licensed psychologist at the Chrysalis Center for Counseling and Eating Disorders.

She obtained her B.A. in psychology from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego/ San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in developmental psychopathology. She completed her clinical residency with child and adolescent specialization at the Columbia University School of Medicine and her post-doctoral training at New York University's Child Study Center. She is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist credentialed by the North Carolina Substance Use Prevention Board. She holds an American Psychological Association Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders.

Before joining the faculty at UNCW, Dr. Nooner was a tenure-track assistant professor at Montclair State University. She was also a tenured research scientist at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research.

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If you would like more information, you can reach Dr. Nooner directly at noonerk@uncw.edu or 910.962.2140.