Kathleen Noonan JD

Senior Legal Advisor

Kathleen Noonan is Senior Legal Advisor of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She was founding co-director of PolicyLab and currently serves as Associate Vice President of Board Relations at CHOP. She is core faculty in the University of Pennsylvania Masters of Public Health Program, and is adjunct faculty in the Division of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine. At PolicyLab, Kathleen's legal and policy analyses focus on a broad range of children’s health, public health and social welfare issues. Kathleen also serves as a mediator and neutral advisor in public-impact class action lawsuits concerning pediatric health and human services.  

  • We are trying to bridge the research-to-policy gap by working on projects that are responsive to the child health questions of our government partners.

  • We do not do our research in a vacuum.  We consider the policy context so our findings and recommendations can be relevant to the real world.

  • Our legal research related to prescribing psychotropic medications for children in foster care found that states were just beginning to articulate specific laws and rules on this issue.

Previously, Kathleen has been a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she taught health law, and started and directed a Government Law Clinic; and a Senior Associate and Engagement Manager with Casey Strategic Consulting, the consulting arm of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Earlier in her career, she practiced law at the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow; served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Morris E. Lasker; and worked in public policy positions in New York City with the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc., and Bank Street College of Education.

Kathleen received her JD from Northeastern University School of Law, and her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University.




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