Patricia Noonan, Ph.D.

Patricia Noonan, Ph.D.

Patricia Noonan

Dr. Pattie Noonan centers her work on providing and evaluating professional development related to improving education for all students. She holds a firm belief in the capacity of students with and without disabilities to achieve positive post-school outcomes through college and career readiness. Much of her work entails providing utilization-focused evaluation by working in close collaboration with State Departments of Education to create comprehensive evaluation plans and data systems. Her research often focuses on measuring collaboration, then using the results to improve teaming—a critical yet elusive component of educational improvement. To this end, she has published a book, many articles, and an integrated framework, all of which translate research results into practical applications. Throughout this process, Dr. Noonan continually improves her interactive, adaptive professional development practices in both virtual and face-to-face settings. She lives in Lawrence with her husband, John, with whom she enjoys remodeling old homes and exploring the world.

Investigator, The Center for Research on Learning,
Associate Research Professor, Center for Research on Learning ,

Ph.D. Special Education, University of Kansas
M.S.Ed. Special Education, University of Kanas

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Noonan, P. M., & Erickson, A. S. (2018). The skills that matter: teaching interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies in any classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, a SAGE Company.

Noonan, P.M., Gaumer Erickson, A.S. (in press). Multidisciplinary Teams. In J. Matson (Eds.) Handbook of Intellectual Disabilities-Integrating Theory, research and Practice.

Gaumer Erickson, A.S., Noonan, P.M., Brussow, J. & Supon Carter, K. (2016). Measuring the quality of professional development training. Professional Development in Education. DOI: 10.1080/1941525.2016.1179665.

Gaumer Erickson, A.S., Noonan, P.M., Supon Carter, K., McGurn, L., & Purifoy, E. (2015). The Team Functioning Scale: Evaluating and improving effectiveness of school teams. International Journal of Educational Research, 69, 1-11. Noonan, P. (2014). Transition Teaming: 26 strategies for interagency collaboration. Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Career Development and Transition.

Noonan, P.M., Gaumer Erickson, A.S., McCall, Z., Frey, B., & Zheng, C. (2014). Evaluating Change in Interagency Collaboration of a State-Level Interagency Education Team: A Social Network Approach within a Utilization-Focused Framework. Educational Assessment, Evaluation & Accountability DOI 10.1007/s11092-014-9193-2.

Noonan, P., & Morningstar, M. M. (2012). Effective strategies for interagency collaboration. In M. L. Wehmeyer & K. W. Webb (Eds.), Handbook of adolescent transition education for youth with disabilities (pp. 312-328). New York, NY: Routledge.


Kansas SPDG Evaluation (Co-Principal Investigator)