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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 Interim Associate Dean for Faculty, Policy, and Research in the 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 (


​Dr. Nooner's extramurally-funded research includes identifying biomarkers of underage binge drinking in adolescents and young adults, emphasizing reducing health disparities. 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 Her research involves building neurodevelopmental models for understanding clinical health disparities and resilience to substance use disorders following adverse childhood experiences. She uses neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and neurophysiology to understand trauma's onset, course, and developmental implications.​She gives presentations and authors publications on childhood adversity and stress, substance use, health disparities, children's mental health, and neuroscience.


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


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


​Dr. Nooner founded the General Psychotherapy & Assessment Clinic to provide evidence-based clinical care to the community as part of UNCW's APA-approved PhD in General Clinical Psychology, for which she led the establishment. She 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 in clinical psychology 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 a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist credentialed by the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board. She holds an American Psychological Association Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Nooner 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 910.962.2732.

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