Dawn X Henderson,Ph.D.

Dr. Dawn X. Henderson is the co-director of the Collective Health and Education Equity Research (CHEER) collaborative.  


As the co-director of CHEER, I seek to engage in research that examines the role of community and school-based models that promote resilience and psychosocial skill development among Black and Latinx adolescents. My current research examines race-related trauma in the public education system and implications on psychological adjustment, well-being, and coping response. I employ qualitative and quantitative methodologies in systems level analysis  in order to improve practices and promote prevention across communities and schools.

Henderson, D. X., Baker, A., Goings, R., & Gordon-Littrean, B. (2017). Exploring underlying dimensions of social connectedness in the experiences of suspended young people from ethnically diverse populations in the USA. Children & Society. doi: 10.1111/chso.12210


Henderson, D. X. , DeCuir-Gunby, J., & Gill, V. (2016). “It really takes a village”: A socioecological model of resilience for prevention among economically disadvantaged ethnic minority youth. Journal of Primary Prevention, 37, 469-485. doi: 10.1007/s10935-016-0446-3

Henderson, D. X. , & McClinton, J. (2016 ). A qualitative exploration of suspended youths’ social connectedness in a community-based intervention program. Child & Youth Services, 37, 253-270. doi: 10.1080/0145935X.2015.1083402

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