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Jennie Noll

  • Professor of Psychology
  • Co-director, Mt. Hope Family Center

PhD in Developmental Psychology

441 Meliora Hall

Office Hours: By appointment

Research Overview

Dr. Noll will be accepting applications for graduate students for the 2024-2025 academic year.

For three decades, Dr. Noll has been conducting research to strengthen causal inference regarding the developmental and biologic impacts of child maltreatment through longitudinal, prospective research and contiguous NIH funding. Dr. Noll has been the PI of several prospective, longitudinal cohort studies of the impact of abuse and neglect throughout development and across generations. Her primary research foci include: the bio-psycho-social consequences of childhood sexual abuse, pathways to teen pregnancy and high-risk sexual behaviors for abused and neglected youth, the long-term adverse health outcomes abuse survivors, midlife reversibility of neurocognitive deficits in stress-exposed populations, the impact of high-risk internet and social media behaviors on teen development, and the primary prevention of sexual abuse. She is the founding Program Director of the NICHD P50 Capstone Center for Excellence, The Translational Center for Child Maltreatment Studies (TCCMS; P50HD089922) and founding Principal Investigator of the P50 Project 1, The Child Health Study the TCCMS. The chief thrust of Dr. Noll’s research and infrastructure grants is to leverage cutting-edge science to aid evidence-informed policymaking that implores a larger public investment in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

Selected Publications

  • Noll, J.G., Haag, A.C., Kouril, M., Shenk, C.E., Wright, M.F., Barnes, J.E., Kohram, M., Malgaroli, M, Foley, D.J., & Bonanno, G.A..(2022) An observational study of Internet behaviors for adolescent females following sexual abuse. Nature Human Behaviour. doi: 10.1038/s41562-021-01187-5. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34580439.
  • Noll, J.G. (2021). Child sexual abuse as a unique risk factor for the development of psychopathology: the compounded convergence of mechanisms. Annual review of clinical psychology, 17, 439-464.
  • Guastaferro, K., Felt, J. M., Font, S. A., Connell, C. M., Miyamoto, S., Zadzora, K. M., & Noll, J. G. (2022). Parent-focused sexual abuse prevention: Results from a cluster randomized trial. Child maltreatment, 27(1), 114-125
  • Li, J.C., Hall, M.A., Shalev, I, Schreier, H.M.C., González Zarzar, T., Marcovici, I, Putnam, F.W., & Noll, J.G., (2021). Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis attenuation and obesity risk in sexually abused females. Psychoneuroendocrinology 129 129:105254. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2021.105254.
  • Noll, J.G., Guastaferro K., Beal S. J., Schreier H. M. C., Barnes J., Reader J. M., & Font S. A. (2018). Is sexual abuse a unique predictor of sexual risk behaviors, pregnancy, and motherhood in adolescence? Journal of Research on Adolescence. doi: 10.1111/jora.12436 PMID:30019514
  • Noll, J.G., Trickett, P. K., Long, J. D., Negriff, S., Susman, E. J., Shalev, I., Li, J. C., Putnam, F.W. (2017). Childhood sexual abuse and early timing of puberty. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(1), 65-71. PMID: 27836531. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.09.008
  • Noll, J.G., & Shenk, C. E. (2013). Teen birth rates in sexually abused and neglected females. Pediatrics, 131, e1181-e1187. PMID: 23530173 PMCID: PMC3608488. doi:10.1542/peds.2012-3072
  • Noll, J.G., Shenk, C. E., Barnes, J. E., & Haralson, K. J. (2013). Association of maltreatment with high-risk internet behaviors and offline encounters. Pediatrics, 131(2) e510-e517. PMID: 23319522 PMCID: PMC3557406. doi:10.1542/peds.2012-1281
  • Guastaferro, K., Shipe, S. L., Connell, C. M., Letourneau, E. J., & Noll, J. G. (2023). Implementation of a universal school-based child sexual abuse prevention program: a longitudinal cohort study. Journal of interpersonal violence, 08862605231158765.