Dr. Anne Noonan

Dr. Anne Noonan is a lifespan developmental psychologist interested in the psychological and social development of people of all ages. She is a psychology professor at Salem State University where she teaches courses in child and adolescent development, the psychology of women, adult development, the psychology of social class, and general psychology. Her research interests include the subjective aspects of social class, social relationships, and the psychological aspects of paid employment and economic opportunity.

Dr. Noonan has served as Principal Investigator of federal research grants including a National Science Foundation (NSF) study of science and math education among urban high school students, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies of religiosity and sexuality among adolescents, and the relational resources of older workers. In other work, her research has focused on diverse populations such as: middle school students enrolled in comprehensive sexuality education; informal caregivers to frail elders; adolescent substance abusers in publicly funded treatment; same-sex couples; urban high school students in school-to-work programs; school-age children and their out-of-school time; and young children in a variety of care settings. She has also worked in the area of refugee and immigrant services.

Dr. Noonan received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in psychology from Boston University, and a B.A. in psychology from Framingham State College. She is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts and has lived in the Melrose area since 1993. When she is not teaching or conducting research, she spends her time with family, in yoga class, and writing creative non-fiction.