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Kate Brody Nooner, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Kate Brody Nooner is a board certified licensed clinical psychologist, scientist, and professor. Dr. Nooner is the Departmental Chair and a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). As an advocate for shared governance, she is the Vice President of UNCW's faculty senate. Dr. Nooner directs the Trauma and Resilience Laboratory. 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 with an emphasis on reducing health disparities and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. 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 (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 isolation and adverse childhood events. She uses neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and neurophysiology to understand the onset, course, and developmental implications of trauma and loneliness.

She gives presentations and authors publications in childhood adversity and stress, social isolation, health disparities, children's mental health, and neuroscience. She is an active member of professional organizations in her field, including the Research Society on Alcoholism and the American Psychological Association. She is a member of the editorial board for Child Abuse & Neglect. Dr. Nooner is the the Managing Editor for the Journal of Health Service Psychology for the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and is a past Board member.

Dr. Nooner serves on the Board of the American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation. Dr. Nooner is a Faculty Fellow of the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She is also a registered site visitor with the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation

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 Associate Chair - Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Psychology. Dr. Nooner spent more than a decade as a licensed psychologist including 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. in clinical psychology from the University of California San Diego / San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization 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 also board certified in clinical psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology.

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.

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

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

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