Principal Investigator

Kate Brody Nooner, PhD, LP, LCAS

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), where she also serves as Graduate Coordinator and 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 and is a member of the National Consortium on Alcohol Neurodevelopment in Adolescence.

Dr. Nooner's extramurally-funded research includes identifying mechanisms of underage binge drinking in maltreated children. Her research is supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health as principal investigator of grant award R15AA023251 and as co-principal investigator with subcontracts from the Duke and USCD sites of NCANDA. Her research involves developing models for understanding clinical health disparities and resilience to substance use disorders following adverse childhood events. She uses neuroimaging including electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to take translational approaches in understanding the onset, course, and intergenerational implications of trauma-related problems in childhood.

She has given presentations and authored publications in the areas of child maltreatment, health disparities, behavioral interventions, children's mental health, and neuroscience. She also servces as the faculty advisor for the UNCW chapter of NAMI-OC. She is a member of the editorial board for Child Abuse & Neglect. She is a member of the an active member of professional organizations in her field. She is was elected to serve on the Board of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.

Dr. Nooner founded the General Psychotherapy & Assessment Clinic (GPAC) aimed at providing evidence based clinical care to the community as part of UNCW’s doctoral program in General Clinical Psychology, which she also helped establish. She enjoys supervising psychology trainees and interns, provisionally licensed psychologists, and licensed psychological associates. She spent six years as a licensed psychologist at the Chrysalis Center for Counseling and Eating Disorders. 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.

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. Prior to 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.

Dr. Kate Brody Nooner's CV PDF.

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