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Kate Brody Nooner, PhD, ABPP

​Dr. Kate Brody Nooner is a board-certified licensed clinical psychologist, scientist, professor, and leader. Dr. Nooner is the founding Associate Dean for Faculty, Policy, Research & Innovation in the new College of Science and Engineering at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Her other leadership roles at UNCW have included the Chair of the Department of Psychology and the Vice President of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Nooner is a tenured full professor of psychology and directs the Trauma and Resilience Laboratory at UNCW. She 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).


​Dr. Nooner's extramurally-funded research includes identifying biomarkers of underage binge drinking in adolescents and young adults, emphasizing reducing health disparities. She was inducted into UNCW's Million Dollar Club for her substantial external grant activity. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health supports her research. She is the principal investigator of NIH grants (R15AA028911) and co-principal investigator with subcontracts from Duke University and the University of California San Diego sites for NCANDA. Her research involves building neurodevelopmental models for understanding risk and resilience to substance use disorders following adverse childhood experiences. ​She gives presentations and authors publications on adversity and stress, substance use, child and adolescent mental health, and neuroscience.


Dr. Nooner serves on several boards, including the North Carolina Psychological Board and the American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation. She is a registered site visitor with the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation. She was a Faculty Fellow of the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Dr. Nooner is an alum of the HERS Leadership Institute.

Dr. Nooner is the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Health Service Psychology​ for the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and a past Board member. She is also on the editorial board of Child Abuse & Neglect. Dr. Nooner is an active member of professional organizations in her field, including the Research Society on Alcohol and the American Psychological Association. ​


​Dr. Nooner played a pivotal role in creating and developing UNCW's APA-approved PhD Program in Clinical Psychology. Her work included founding the General Psychotherapy & Assessment Clinic, a doctoral training clinic focused on providing evidence-based clinical care to the community. Dr. Nooner enjoys supervising psychology trainees and interns, provisionally licensed psychologists, and licensed psychological associates. She provides consultation to individuals, groups, and organizations, drawing from her evidence-based, developmentally informed clinical psychology expertise. Dr. Nooner spent many years in part-time private practice in North Carolina and New York. She maintains her NC and NY licenses.​


She obtained her BA in psychology from Wellesley College and her PhD from the University of California San Diego / San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, specializing in developmental psychopathology. Dr. Nooner 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 board-certified in clinical psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology.


​Dr. Nooner has served as the Associate Chair - Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Psychology at UNCW. Before joining the faculty at UNCW, Dr. Nooner was a tenure-track assistant professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She was also a tenured research scientist at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in New York.​


To view Dr. Kate Brody Nooner's CV, click here.​


For more information, you can reach Dr. Nooner directly at or 910.962.2571.

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