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Our Research

The Focus of Our Studies

Under the direction of Dr. Kate Brody Nooner, the Trauma & Resilience Lab examines how trauma and abuse impact child and adolescent development. Most trauma and abuse experienced by children is not random and is largely preventable. We hope that by exploring how trauma and abuse impact children's brains and behavior that we will be able to provide targeted strategies

for preventing and curtailing mental health problems.

For more information about any of the studies listed below, please contact

the Trauma & Resilience Lab at 910-962-2732 or

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This study is funded by the NIH-NIAAA and investigates how adverse events in childhood and adolescence may contribute to binge drinking in late adolescence and early adulthood. This study uses EEG to examine how functional brain changes may be related to adverse events and binge drinking.


This study examines how various life events may impact alcohol use in college students. We use EEG to see how the brains of college students may be impacted by alcohol. This research can include seeing how stopping alcohol use affects brain function.


The purpose of the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) is to determine the effects of alcohol use on the developing adolescent brain and examine brain characteristics that predict alcohol use problems. It is funded by the NIH-NIAAA.


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