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 Psychology Department 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, which 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 a subcontract from the Duke site of NCANDA 2U01AA021681-06. Her research involves developing models for understanding resilience to substance use disorders following adverse childhood events. She uses neuroimaging including electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to bridge the gap between basic and applied science in understanding the nature and treatment of trauma-related problems in childhood. Dr. Nooner has authored publications in the areas of child maltreatment, children's mental health, and neuroscience.

Dr. Nooner is an active member in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and has served as a conference Super Reviewer, on the Academic Training and Educaton Standards Committee as well as in the position of treasurer and membership chair for the Neurocognitive Therapies Translational Research Special Interest Group. She has served as a reviewer and in editoral capacities for numerous peer-reviewed publications and has been an ad hoc reviewer for the NIH. She is also enjoys supervising psychology trainees and interns, provisionally licensed psychologists, and licensed psychological associates.

Dr. Nooner 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 San Diego State University / University of California San Diego 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 in trauma and neuroscience 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 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.