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Devon Noonan, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC

Associate Professor
(919) 613-9130
3069 Pearson Building

Dr. Devon Noonan joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2013 and will initially teach Health Promotion (N502) at DUSON. She is a registered nurse and registered nurse practitioner with over eight years of clinical practice in community health, occupational health, and pediatric/adolescent health settings. She received her BSN at Boston College, her MS in Nursing at Georgetown University, and her MPH and PhD at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Noonan’s research is focused on health promotion and cancer risk reduction in vulnerable populations. While at the University of Virginia, she received a fellowship from the American Lung Association and a small grant from Sigma Theta Tau to support her work on understanding alternative tobacco use methods in college students. She has just completed an NIH T32 fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and has worked on various projects to gain a greater understanding of health risk behaviors and cancer risk reduction strategies in vulnerable populations.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


  • PhD - University of Virginia
  • MPH - University of Virginia
  • MS - Georgetown University
  • BSN - Boston College

Research Interests

Areas of research interest include:
- Health promotion/disease prevention
- Tobacco control
- Alternative tobacco products (smokeless tobacco, Snus, and waterpipe)
- Workplace interventions
- Mobile health interventions
- Cancer prevention and control

Awards and Honors

  • 2010 || Phyllis J. Verhonick Dissertation Award, University of Virginia
  • 2008 || Graduate Fellowship, University of Virginia Alumni Association
  • 2007 || American College Health Association Scholarship, American College Health Association
  • 2003 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau, Tau Chapter

Areas of Expertise

  • Global and Community Health
  • Psychiatric / Behavioral Health

Areas of Interest

Health promotion/disease prevention
Tobacco control
Health behaviors
Mobile health
Cancer prevention and control

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26036473 Spector, D. J. and Noonan, D. and Mayer, D. K. and Benecha, H. and Zimmerman, S. and Smith, S. K. Are lifestyle behavioral factors associated with health-related quality of life in long-term survivors of non-Hodgkin lymphoma? Cancer. June, 2015, Epub ahead of print
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25858205 Duffy, S. A. and Noonan, D. and Karvonen-Gutierrez, C. A. and Ronis, D. L. and Ewing, L. A. and Waltje, A. H. and Dalack, G. W. and Smith, P. M. and Carmody, T. P. and Hicks, T. and Hermann, C. Effectiveness of the tobacco tactics program for psychiatric inpatient veterans: an implementation study. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. April, 2015 29(2); 120-6
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 24905759 Noonan, D. and Karvonen-Gutierrez, C. A. and Duffy, S. A. Differences in risk perception and quit rates among hospitalized veteran pipe smokers, cigarette smokers, and dual users. J Addict Nurs. April-June, 2014 25(2); 89-93 PMC4128023
  • 2014 -- Noonan, D. and Yan, G. and Kulbok, P. A theoretical examination of waterpipe smoking in college students. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. May, 2014 23(4); 224-229
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24266896 Noonan, D. and Duffy, S. A. Factors associated with smokeless tobacco use and dual use among blue collar workers. Public Health Nurs. January-February, 2014 31(1); 19-27
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 25447467 Choi, S. H. and Waltje, A. H. and Ronis, D. L. and Noonan, D. and Hong, O. and Richardson, C. R. and Meeker, J. D. and Duffy, S. A. Web-enhanced tobacco tactics with telephone support versus 1-800-QUIT-NOW telephone line intervention for operating engineers: randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. November 20, 2014 16(11); e255 PMC4260077
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23279274 Noonan, D. A descriptive study of waterpipe smoking among college students. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. January, 2013 25(1); 11-5 PMC3539218
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23327511 Noonan, D. and Patrick, M. E. Factors associated with perceptions of hookah addictiveness and harmfulness among young adults. Subst Abus. January, 2013 34(1); 83-5 PMC3551265
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 23261494 Noonan, D. and Jiang, Y. and Duffy, S. A. Utility of biochemical verification of tobacco cessation in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Addict Behav. November, 2012 38(3); 1792-1795
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22005801 Duffy, S. A. and Cohen, K. A. and Choi, S. H. and McCullagh, M. C. and Noonan, D. Predictors of obesity in Michigan operating engineers. J Community Health. June, 2012 37(3); 619-25 PMC3345034


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Addressing Tobacco Use Disparities through an Innovative Mobile Phone Intervention: The textto4gosmokelesstobacco

    National Institutes of Health
    08/2015 to 07/2018

    The purpose of this study is to test a mobile phone SGR intervention for rural smokeless tobacco users.

  • Addressing Tobacco Use Disparities in Older Adults through an Innovative Mobile Phone Intervention: Testing the Feasibility of the Textto4gotobacco Intervention

    Mayo Clinic
    04/2014 to 07/2015
    Role: PI
  • Addressing Tobacco Use Disparities in Older Adults through an Innovative Mobile Phone Intervention: Testing the Feasibility of the Textto4gotobacco Intervention

    National Cancer Institute Alliance Cancer Control Junior Faculty Award
    05/2015 to 05/2016
    Role: PI

    The purpose of this study is to test a mobile phone SGR intervention for rural smokeless tobacco users.

  • SMS Scheduled gradual reduction text messages to help pregnant smokers quit

    National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute
    1 R01 CA166149-01A1
    07/2013 to 06/2018
    Role: Co-investigator

    Project Goal: The purpose of this study is to conduct a two-arm trial to determine whether scheduled gradual reduction plus support messages delivered via SMS texting versus support messages alone increases smoking cessation rates during pregnancy.

  • Health Behaviors of Durham Housing Authority Residents

    Duke University School of Nursing
    07/2013 to 06/2014
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To partner with the Durham Housing Authority to understand the health risk behaviors and what services residents want in the Durham Housing Community.

  • A Randomized Controlled Trial of Tobacco Tactics for Operation Engineers

    National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute
    1 R21 CA152247-01A1
    07/2011 to 06/2013
    Role: Co-investigator

    Project Goal: Test a web-based smoking cessation intervention among Operating Engineers.

  • The New Trend in Tobacco: Predicting Waterpipe Use Among U.S. College Students

    American Lung Association
    07/2009 to 06/2010
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goal: Determine psycho-social predictors of waterpipe smoking in college students.

  • Predicting Waterpipe Use Among College Students Using the Theory Of Reasoned Action

    Sigma Theta Tau
    07/2008 to 06/2009
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goal: Determine if the variables of the Theory of Reasoned Action predict waterpipe smoking in college students.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Duke University School of Nursing and The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London have partnered to foster the promotion of research and greater inform the practice of professional nursing and midwifery. The schools will jointly administer a grants program and a pilot project award to cultivate innovative, scalable scientific inquiry.  The pilot project will form the basis of a larger research project and external funding will be sought. Interested faculty members submitted their applications earlier this year.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Devon Noonan recentlly received a Networking in Research Development small grant award for her proposal entitled “Collaboration with Mismo to develop a texting platform for tobacco cessation research.”

Monday, October 16, 2017

Devon Noonan, Michelle Hartman and Donna Biederman co-authored an article with the Durham Housing Authority ROSS coordinator Joyce Briggs. The article, "Collaborating with Public Housing Residents and Staff to Improve Health: A Mixed Methods Analysis" was published in the Journal of Community Health Nursing. 


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

PhD alumna Latefa Dardas, faculty Susan Silva, Devon Noonan, Leigh Ann Simmons and PhD student Ashlee Vance published an article entitled "Psychosocial Correlates of Jordanian Adolescents' Help-Seeking Intentions for Depression: Findings From a Nationally Representative School Survey" in the Journal of School Nursing. Co-authors include experts from Harvard Medical School and the Duke University Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.


Friday, April 21, 2017

PhD student Latefa Dardas, Susan Silva, Devon Noonan and Leigh Ann Simmons published an article entitled "Studying Depression Among Arab Adolescents: Methodological Considerations, Challenges, and Lessons Learned from Jordan" in the American Psychological Association PsycNet.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Leigh Ann Simmons was the invited speaker for the American Academy of Health Behavior Annual Scientific meeting in Tucson, Ariz. Her presentation was entitled "Beyond the Genome: Advancing Precision Medicine through Personalized Health Behavior Change Interventions."

Friday, February 10, 2017

Kudos to Devon Noonan, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda and Jennifer Dungan and their entire teams for recent submission of their NIH RO1 applications.

Noonan and her team submitted an application entitled “Addressing Tobacco Use Disparities in Older Adults through a Mobile Phone Intervention: Project Wise." This proposal requests funding for a five-year period with a start date of December 1, 2017. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Leigh Ann Simmons and Devon Noonan were recently featured in a Forbes article entitled "Improving Rural Women's High Cancer Risk Under Trump Won't Be Easy." The article is based on their study entitled "Understanding Multiple Behavioral Risk Factors for Cancer in Rural Women" that was published in Public Health Nursing.

Friday, October 7, 2016

PhD student Latefa Dardas published an article entitled "A pilot study of depression, stigma, and attitudes towards seeking professional psychological help among Arab adolescents" in the International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. Co-authors include Susan Silva, Devon Noonan and Leigh Ann Simmons.