Noble, Kimberly G. (kgn2106)

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Kimberly Noble
Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education
Director: Neurocognition, Early Experience and Development (NEED) Lab
Biobehavioral Sciences
212-678-3486

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1052 Thndk

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Kimberly Noble is a neuroscientist and board-certified pediatrician, and director of the Neurocognition, Early Experience and Development (NEED) lab. She and her team study how socioeconomic inequality relates to in children's cognitive and brain development.  Her work examines socioeconomic disparities in cognitive development, as well as brain structure and function, across infancy, childhood and adolescence. She is particularly interested in understanding how early in infancy or toddlerhood such disparities develop; the modifiable environmental differences that account for these disparities; and the ways we might harness this research to inform the design of interventions. Along with a multidisciplinary team from around the country, with funding from NIH and a consortium of foundations, she is currently leading the first clinical trial of poverty reduction to assess the causal impact of income on children’s cognitive, emotional and brain development in the first three years of life.

Educational Background

  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, Biological Basis of Behavior
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Neuroscience
  • M.D., University of Pennsylvania, Medicine
  • Resident, Pediatrics, New York Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center

Selected Publications

Noble, K.G., Houston, Bartsch, H., Kan, E., Kuperman, J.M., Akshoomoff, N., Amaral, D.G., Bloss, C.S., Libiger, O., Schork, N.J., Murray, S.S., Casey, B.J., Chang, L., Ernst, T.M., Frazier, J.A., Gruen, J.R., Kennedy, D.N., Van Zijl, P., Mostofsky, S., Kaufmann, W.E., Keating, B.G., Kenet, T., Dale, A.M.,  Jernigan, T.L., & Sowell, E.R. for the Pediatric Imaging, Neurocognition, and Genetics Study. (2015) Family Income, Parental Education and Brain Development in Children and Adolescents. Nature Neuroscience. 18 (5): 773-778. 

Noble, K.G., Engelhardt, L.E., Brito, N.H., Mack, L., Nail, E., Barr, R.F., Fifer, W.P., Elliott, A. (2015) Socioeconomic Disparities in Neurocognitive Development in the First Two Years of Life. Developmental Psychobiology. DOI: 10.1002/dev.21303 

Brito, N.H. and Noble, K.G. (2014). Socioeconomic Status and Structural Brain Development. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 8:276. 

Noble, K.G. ,Fifer, W.P., Nomura, Y., Rauh, V.A., Andrews, H. (2012). Academic achievement varies with gestational age among children born at term. Pediatrics. 130 (2): 1-8.

Noble, K.G., Houston, S., Kan, E., Bookheimer S.Y., Sowell, E.R. (2012) Neural Correlates of Socioeconomic Status in the Developing Human Brain.  Developmental Science. 15(4): 516-527. 

Noble, K.G., Grieve, S.M., Korgaonkar, M.S., and Brickman, A.M. (2012) Hippocampal volume varies with educational attainment across the life-span. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.6: 1-10. 

Noble, K.G., McCandliss, B.D., Farah, M.J. Socioeconomic gradients predict individual differences in neurocognitive abilities.  Developmental Science. (2007) 10(4): 464-480. 

Noble, K.G., Wolmetz, M.E., Ochs, L.G., Farah, M.J., McCandliss, B.D. Brain-behavior relationships in reading acquisition are modulated by socioeconomic status factors. Developmental Science. (2006) 9(6): 642-654.  

Noble, K.G., Norman, M. F., Farah, M.J.  Neurocognitive correlates of socioeconomic status in kindergarten children.  Developmental Science. (2005)  8: 74-87.

  • Dean’s Grant for Tenured Faculty
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • Association for Psychological Science, Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions
  • John Wiley Distinguished Speaker Award, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology 
  • American Psychological Association featured scientist, #ThankAScientist campaign 
  • Dean’s Grant for Pre-Tenured Faculty 
  • Marquis’ Who’s Who in America 
  • Association for Psychological Science “Rising Star"
  • NIH Early Independence Award Finalist 
  • John Merck Scholars Finalist 
  • Travel Award, National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium
  • Driscoll Children’s Fund Scholar 
  • David B.P. Goodman Award for Meritorious Clinical Research 
  • Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society 
  • Phi Beta Kappa 
  • Magna cum Laude 

Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a neuroscientist and board-certified pediatrician, she directs the Neurocognition, Early Experience and Development (NEED) lab where she and her team study how socioeconomic inequality relates to in children's cognitive and brain development.  Her work examines socioeconomic disparities in cognitive development, as well as brain structure and function, across infancy, childhood and adolescence. She is particularly interested in understanding how early in infancy or toddlerhood such disparities develop; the modifiable environmental differences that account for these disparities; and the ways we might harness this research to inform the design of interventions. Along with a multidisciplinary team from around the country, with funding from NIH and a consortium of foundations, she is currently leading the first clinical trial of poverty reduction to assess the causal impact of income on children’s cognitive, emotional and brain development in the first three years of life. Dr. Noble received her undergraduate, graduate and medical degrees at the University of Pennsylvania, completed postdoctoral training at the Sackler Institute of Developmental Psychobiology of Weill Cornell Medical College, and completed her residency in pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center / Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York - Presbyterian. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and was awarded the 2017 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions. Her work linking family income to brain structure across childhood and adolescence has received worldwide attention in the popular press.

  • September 2018 – August 2023
  • R01HD093707-01
  • NICHD
  • Socioeconomic Disparities in Cognitive and Neural Development in the First 3 years
  • Role: PI


  • September 2017 – June 2022
  • R01HD087384-01
  • NICHD
  • Household Income and Child Development in the First Three Years of Life
  • Role: PI (Multiple PI’s: Duncan, Magnuson, Noble)


  • March 2018 – June 2023
  • Weitz Family Foundation
  • Income and Child Development in the First Three Years of Life
  • Role: PI


  • December 2017 – January 2023
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (Silicon Valley Community Foundation)
  • Income and Child Development in the First Three Years of Life
  • Role: PI


  • December 1, 2018 – November 30, 2020
  • Perigee Foundation
  • Baby’s First Years: Household Income and Child Development in the First Three Years of Life
  • Role: PI


  • April 2016 – March 2019
  • Sherwood Foundation
  • Poverty Reduction and Child Development in Omaha Neighborhood
  • Role: PI


  • May 2015 – April 2019 (no-cost extension)
  • Poverty reduction and child development in the first years of life
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation P3031579
  • Role: PI


  • January 2018 – December 2022
  • Schusterman Family Foundation
  • Income and Child Development in the First Three Years of Life
  • Role: Co-PI (with G. Duncan)


  • June 2018 – May 2023
  • JPB Foundation
  • Household Income and Child Development in the First Three Years of Life
  • Role: PI


  • December 1, 2018 – November 30, 2022
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Baby’s First Years: Household Income and Child Development in the First Three Years of Life
  • Role: PI


  • July 2017 – June 2020
  • Ford Foundation
  • Income and Child Development in the First Three Years of Life
  • Role: PI


  • December 2017 – December 2019
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Income and Child Development in the First Three Years of Life
  • Role: PI


  • September 2017 – August 2019
  • Russell Sage Foundation
  • Socioeconomic Inequalities and Children’s Brain Development
  • Role: PI


  • January 2018 – December 2018
  • Child Welfare Fund
  • Income and Child Development in the First Three Years of Life


  • Fall 2019
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Dean’s Competitive Grant for Tenured Faculty

Courses

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