Department of Psychology

Kate B. Nooner

Educational and contact information

Dr. Kate B. Nooner, Professor & Department Chairperson

A.B.P.P. Board Certified in Clinical Psychology

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

M.S., San Diego State University

B.A., Wellesley College

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

My research at UNCW in the Trauma & Resilience Laboratory examines resilience following childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences. I explore neurocognitive mechanisms pertaining to the prevention and treatment of alcohol and substance use disorders, posttraumatic stress, and related difficulties in children and adolescents. I also use neuroimaging techniques, including EEG and MRI, 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) and the National Consortium on Alcohol & Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (2U01AA021681).

Select Publications (*denotes student author):

Nooner, K.B., *Meiers, G., *Treadwell, T., *Butler, L., (2022). Changes in EEG Alpha Associated with Childhood Neglect and Adolescent Alcohol Use. Changes in EEG Alpha Associated with Childhood Neglect and Adolescent Alcohol Use. Child Maltreatment, 1-10. DOI: 10.1177/10775595221098029

Hasler,  B.P., Graves, J. L., Wallace,  M.L., Claudatos, S., Franzen, P.L., Nooner, K.B., Brown, S.A., Tapert, S.F., Baker, F.C., & Clark, D.B., (2022) Self-Reported Sleep and Circadian Characteristics Predict Alcohol and Cannabis Use: A Longitudinal Analysis of the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence Study. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. DOI:10.1111/acer.14808

Pelham, W.E., Yuksel, D., Baker, F.C., Tapert, S.F., Pohl, K.M., Thompson, W.K., Podhajsky, S., Reuter, C., Zhao, Q., Eberson-Shumate, S.C., Clark, D.B., Goldston, D.B., Nagel, B.J., Nooner, K.B., & Brown, S.A. (2022). Did the acute impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on drinking or nicotine use persist? Evidence from a cohort of emerging adults followed for up to nine years. Addictive Behaviors, 131, 107313 DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2022.107313

Nooner, K.B., Chung, T., Feldstein Ewing, S.W., Brumback, T., *Arwood, Z., Tapert, S.F., Brown, S.A., & Cottler, L.B. (2021). Retaining Adolescent and Young Adult Participants in Research during a Pandemic: Best Practices from Two Large-Scale Developmental Neuroimaging Studies (NCANDA and ABCD). Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, 1-8. DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2020.597902

Alzueta, E., Podhajsky, S., Zhao, Q., Tapert, S.F., Thompson, W.K., de Zambotti, M., Yuskel, D., Kiss, O., Wang, R., Volpe, L., Prouty, D., Colrain, I.M., Clark, D.B., Goldston, D.B., Nooner, K.B., De Bellis, M.D., Brown, S.A., Nagel, B.J., Pfefferbaum, A., Sullivan, E.V., Baker, F.C., & Pohl K.M. (2021). Risk for Depression Tripled during COVID-19 Pandemic in Emerging Adults Followed for the Last 8 Years. Psychological Medicine, 1-8. DOI:10.1017/S0033291721004062

Cummins, K.M., Brumback, T., Chung, T. Moore, R.C., Henthorn, T., Eberson, S., Lopez, A., Sarkissayan, T., Nooner, K.B., Brown, S.A., & Tapert, S.F. (2021). Frequent continuous mobile assessment of health behaviors in a multi-year study: acceptability, validity, and engagement with mNCANDA. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 9, e24472. DOI: 10.2196/24472

Nooner, K.B., De Bellis, M.D., Clark D.B., Thompson, W.K., & Brumback, T. (2020). Longitudinal Impact of Life Events on Adolescent Binge Drinking in the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA). Substance Use & Misuse, 55, 1846-1855DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2020.1768549

Silveira, S.J., Shah, R., Nooner, K.B., Nagel, B.J., Tapert, S.F., De Bellis, M.D., & Mishra, J. (2020).  Impact of Childhood Trauma on Executive Function in Adolescence - Mediating Functional Brain Networks and Prediction of High-Risk Drinking. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. DOI: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2020.01.011

*Meiers, G., Nooner, K., De Bellis, M.D., Debnath, R. & Tang, A. (2020). Alpha EEG Asymmetry, Childhood Maltreatment, and Problem Behaviors: A Pilot Home-Based Study. Child Abuse & Neglect, 101, 1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104358


  • PSY 225: Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Science
  • PSY 322: Developmental Psychopathology
  • PSY 547: Advanced Psychopathology
  • PSY 549: Interviewing Skills for the Treatment of Substance Abuse