Department of Psychology

Kate B. Nooner

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Dr. Kate B. Nooner, Associate Professor

Ph.D., San Diego State University / University of California San Diego, 2007.

M.S., San Diego State University, 2004.

B.A., Wellesley College, 1999.

Teaching Lab Building, Room 2074.
UNCW, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-2140 |

My research at UNCW in the Trauma & Resilience Laboratory examines resilience following childhood trauma and abuse. I explore neurocognitive mechanisms pertaining to the prevention and treatment of posttraumatic stress, attention difficulties, and problematic substance use in maltreated children and adolescents. I also use EEG, MRI, and neurofeedback as tools to evaluate and improve children's mental health, particularly following trauma and maltreatment in childhood. My 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 (R15AA023251).

Select Publications (*denotes student author):

Nooner, K., *Leaberry, K., Ogle, R., & Keith, J., (2016). Clinic Outcome Assessment of a Brief Course Neurofeedback for Childhood ADHD Symptoms. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 1-9.

Nooner, K., & *Schaefer, L., (2015). A Pilot Investigation of Media Multitasking and Trauma Symptoms Among Adolescents. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 1-10.

McGinn, L. Nooner, K., Cohen, J., & *Leaberry, K., (2015). The Role of Early Experience and Cognitive Vulnerability: Presenting a Unified Model of the Etiology of Panic. Cognitive Therapy & Research. 1-12.

Briggs, E., Nooner, K. & Amaya-Jackson, L. (2014). Assessment of Childhood PTSD. In M. Friedman, T. Keane, & P. Resick (Eds.), Handbook of PTSD: Science and Practice (p. 391-405). New York: The Guilford Press.

Nooner, K. & *Leaberry, K. (2013). Trauma Symptoms and Executive Functioning in Children: A Pilot Report on Depression and Anxiety as Mediators. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Treatment, 2, 4.

Nooner, K., Mennes, M., *Brown, S., Castellanos, F., Leventhal, B., Milham,M., & Colcombe, S. (2013). Relationship of Trauma Symptoms to Amygdala-Based Functional Brain Changes in Adolescents. Journal of Traumatic Stress,26, 1-4.

Nooner, K., Colcombe, S., Tobe, R.,Mennes, M., Benedict, M., Moreno,A.,Panek, L., *Brown, S.*Zavitz, S., Li, Q.,et al. &Milham, al., Milham,M. (2012).The NKI-Rockland Sample: A Model for Accelerating the Pace of Discovery Science in Psychiatry. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 6, 152.

Nooner, K., Linares, O., *Batinjane,J., *Kramer, R., Silva, R., & Cloitre, M. (2012). Factors Related to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adolescence. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse,13, 3.

Chabernaud, C., Mennes, M., Kelly, C., Nooner, K., Di Martino, A., Castellanos, F.X., & Milham, M. (2012). Dimensional and Categorical Brain-behavior Relationships in Children with ADHD and Healthy Controls. Biological Psychiatry, 71, 434-442.

Cloitre, M., Stovall-McClough, C.K., Nooner, K., Zorbas, P., Cherry, S., Jackson, C.L., Gan, W., & Petkova E., (2010). Treatment for PTSD related to Childhood Abuse: A Randomized Controlled Trial. American Journal of Psychiatry,167, 915-24.

McGinn, L.K, Jerome, Y., & Nooner, K., (2010). Family Functioning and Anxiety in School Age Children: The Mediating Role of Control Cognitions. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 3, 228-244.

Nooner, K., Litrownik, A., Thompson, R., Margolis B., English, D., Knight, E., Everson, M.,& Roesch, S. (2010). Latent Class Analysis of a New Self-Report Measure of Physical and Sexual Abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect, 34, 146-154.


  • PSY 225: Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Science
  • PSY 322: Developmental Psychopathology
  • PSY 549: Interviewing Skills for the Treatment of Substance Abuse