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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 adolescents and young adults. 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 University of California San Diego sites of NCANDA.org. Her research involves building models for understanding clinical health disparities and resilience to substance use disorders following isolation and adverse childhood events. She uses neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and neurophysiology to understand the onset, course, and developmental implications of trauma and loneliness.

She has given presentations and authored publications in child maltreatment, social isolation, health disparities, children's mental health, and neuroscience. 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 serves 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. She also provides consultation to individuals, groups, and organizations drawing from her cognitive-behavioral, developmentally informed clinical psychology expertise. She has served as the faculty advisor for NAMI-OC. Dr. Nooner spent more than a decade as a licensed psychologist at the Chrysalis Center for Counseling and Eating Disorders in North Carolina and the Cognitive Behavioral Consultants in New York. 

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.