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Anne E. Noonan, Ph.D.



Dr. Noonan was a Research Scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women until 2007. She is a lifespan developmental psychologist interested in the psychological and social development of people of all ages. Her specific research interests included: the experience of formal and informal social relationships, the subjective aspects of social class, and the psychological aspects of paid employment and economic opportunity.

Dr. Noonan was Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation study examining science and math education experiences among urban high school students, with a particular emphasis on how relationships in all areas of their lives support or thwart their persistence and success in these subjects. In previous work, she studied diverse populations such as: older workers; 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.


WCW Publications:

Noonan, A.E., & Senghas, C. (2006). "Goin' to the Chapel?": Same-Sex Couples Religious/Spiritual Perspectives on Legalized Marriage. In Wellesley College Center for Research on Women Working Paper 422, Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Women.

Noonan, A.E. (2005). "Work, life and social class: A life-span perspective." Research and Action Report, 26 (Fall/Winter). Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Women.

Noonan, A.E. (2003). Social relations at work: The beliefs and experiences of older workers. Wellesley College Center for Research on Women Working Paper 406. Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Women.

Noonan, A.E. (2001). Relational resources and older adults. Wellesley College Center for Research on Women Working Paper 401. Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Women.

Noonan, A.E. (2001). From contrast to concrete: Building a skilled and stable workforce in the field of out-of-school time. Wellesley, MA: National Institute on Out of School Time.