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Robert B. Noll, PhD

Job Title Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics
Job Title Clinical Director, Fragile X Center
Job Title Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
3420 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-692-5560 Phone
412-692-5679 Fax

Education and Training

Graduate School:

1983 Michigan State University; PhD in Clinical Child Psychology


1983-1985 Michigan State University, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development; Pediatric Psychology


  • American Psychological Society, Fellow
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
  • Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Association for the Advancement of Psychology
  • American Orthopsychiatric Association Inc, Fellow
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • Society for Research in Child Development

Board Certifications

  • Psychologist, PA, OH 
  • Council for the National Register of Health Providers in Psychology


  • Visiting Professorship in Oncology, Pzifer Foundation
  • Pediatric Pain Symposium Most Collaborative Award, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Society of Pediatric Psychology's Logan Wright Distinguished Research Award
  • Article in the NY Times, about our laboratory's research
  • Psi Chi Outstanding Advisor Award, Department of Psychology, University of Cincinnati
  • Certificate of Appreciation for clinical service to the children and families of the Greater Cincinnati area affected by sickle cell anemia, Young Adult Sickle Cell Assoc of Cincinnati
  • Certificate of Appreciation for research mentoring of undergraduate students, Department of Psychology, University of Cincinnati
  • Belenky Award for outstanding teaching, Department of Psychology, University of Cincinnati
  • Doctoral dissertation nominated for the Michigan State University Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • Special Merit Citation awarded by Clinical Psychology Faculty, Michigan State University
  • NIMH Graduate Assistantship
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Quarterly stipend for academic achievement, Ohio University


  • Vannatta K, Gartstein MA, Zeller M, Noll RB. Peer acceptance during childhood and adolescence: How important are appearance, athleticism, and academic competence? International J Behavioral Dev, 2009.
  • Pentz RD, Haight AE, Noll RB, Bartfield R, Pelletier W, Davies S, Alderfer MA, Hinds PS. The ethical justification for minor sibling bone marrow donation: A case study. The Oncologist, Med Ethics, 2008.
  • Vannatta K, Getzoff EA, Gilman DK, Noll RB, Gerhardt CA, Powers SW, Hershey AD. Friendships and social interactions of school-aged children with migraine. Cephalalgia, 2008.

    View Dr. Noll's full list of publications from PubMed.

Biography Summary

Dr. Noll, pediatric psychologist at Children’s, has a rich background in research, clinical care, and teaching to the hospital, its patients, and the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating from Ohio University with a BBA, Dr. Noll spent five years as a fighter pilot in the USN where he flew over 170 combat missions in Vietnam and received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, four Individual Air Medals, and four Navy Commendation Medals.  After discharge from the Navy, Dr. Noll spent a year at the University of California at Berkeley where he received a psychology major. He then completed his graduate studies at Michigan State University, where he earned a PhD in clinical child psychology with a developmental psychology minor.
Dr. Noll’s research has focused on gaining a better understanding of the impact of medical challenges for children, their parents, and siblings. While Dr. Noll’s work has included studies examining the functioning of children with sickle cell, arthritis, hemophilia, migraines, fibromyalgia, and neurofibromatosis, children with cancer and their families have been the center point of his research and teaching career. Dr. Noll has published 125 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals, including 40+ focusing on pediatric cancers. Along with this academic focus, Dr. Noll has been extremely involved in the mentoring of junior faculty, fellows, and graduate students.  Dr. Noll has been the primary or co-primary mentor for six career development awards, and four of his previous fellows currently have NIH funding.
Currently, Dr. Noll is the Chair of the Behavioral Science Committee within the Children’s Oncology Group and responsible for the mentoring/development of a number of scholars in the United States. He is also involved with four ongoing NIH funded studies related to children with cancer. Additionally, Dr. Noll was awarded a one-year Supportive Care Research grant of $98,917 last month from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research. Dr. Noll’s is one of nine supportive research grants awarded this year by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. He will conduct a research-backed, school-based project to support brain tumor survivors' social involvement by training classmates to be more inclusive of others viewed as "different."

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Prevention of Depression in Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Using Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (PI-Szigethy)
  • Informed consent in pediatric phase I cancer trials (PI-Kodish) 
  • University, Community, Leadership, and Individuals with Disabilities (UCLID)
  • Trajectories of health and adaptation after pediatric stem cell transplant (PI-Parsons)
  • Interdisciplinary research in behavioral and emotional health (PI-Dahl)
  • School based prevention of Type 2 diabetes (Site PI-Marcus)
  •  Controlled pain intervention for adolescents (PI-Radcliffe)
  • Family and peer influence on sibling adjustment to childhood cancer
  • Maternal problem-solving training in childhood cancer (PI-Sahler)
Last Update
October 7, 2012
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Last Update
October 7, 2012