Laura Noll, Ph.D.
Northern Arizona University
Blg 60 Rm #325
BA 2006 English, University of Texas at Austin
BS 2006 Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin
MSc 2011 Psychodynamic Developmental Neuroscience, University College London
MS 2015 Psychology, University of Oregon
PhD 2018 Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon
Dr. Noll is a clinical psychologist working at the intersection of translational neuroscience and developmental psychology to develop strength-based support programs for at-risk parents of young children. Her lab examines the mechanisms by which parents’ own experiences of adversity and exposure to ‘toxic stress’ during childhood impact their ability to provide developmentally supportive care to their children. To that end, her program of research aims to (1) use multi-modal assessment strategies to delineate the pathways by which parents’ own history of childhood adversity impacts parental function; (2) identify new intervention targets that may be most sensitive to change; and (3) translate such insights from basic science work on parental function into effective intervention strategies and novel research tools that forward our ability to support at-risk families. By utilizing novel ‘rapid-cycle’ intervention development strategies that enable academic researchers and community partners to learn effectively together (allowing for quicker back-and-forth collaboration to select and refine intervention targets), the ultimate aim of this line of research is to design low-cost, scalable programs that reduce the prevalence of child maltreatment in at-risk populations. Alongside her work on parental function, Dr. Noll is actively engaged in projects that aim to further our understanding of trauma and pathways to healing in individuals across the lifespan.
Noll, L. K., Giuliani, N., Beauchamp, K. G., & Fisher, P.A. (2018). Behavioral and neural correlates of parenting self-evaluation in mothers of young children. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 13(5), 535-545.
Fisher, P. A., Frenkel, T., Noll, L. K., Berry, M., & Yockelson, M. (2016). Promoting healthy child development via a two-generation translational neuroscience framework: The FIND Video Coaching Program. Child Development Perspectives, 10(4), 251-256.
Fisher, P. A., Beauchamp, K. G., Roos, L. E., Noll, L. K., Flannery, J. & Delker, B. C. (2016). The neurobiology of intervention and prevention in early adversity. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 12, 331-57.
Noll, L. K., Clark, C. A., & Skowron, E. A. (2015). Multigenerational links between mothers’ experiences of autonomy in childhood and preschoolers’ respiratory sinus arrhythmia: Variations by maltreatment status. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 1443-1460.
Gómez, J. M., Lewis, J., Noll, L. K., Smidt, A. M., & Birrell, P. J. (2015). Shifting the focus: Nonpathologizing approaches to healing from betrayal trauma through an emphasis on relational care. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 17(2), 165-185.
Delker, B. C., Noll, L. K., Kim, H. K., & Fisher, P. A. (2014). Maternal abuse history and self-regulation difficulties in preadolescence. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(12), 2033-2043.
Noll, L. K., Mayes, L. C., & Rutherford, H. J. (2012). Investigating the impact of parental status and individual differences in depression symptoms on early perceptual coding of infant faces: An event-related potential study. Social Neuroscience, 7(5), 525-536.
Dr. Noll teaches undergraduate courses in Counseling and Interpersonal Process, Research Methods, and Human Sexuality; and graduate courses in Stress Neurobiology and Biobehavioral Health. She involves students in her research at both the undergraduate and graduate level.