Dawn X. Henderson, PhD

Assistant Professor


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Department: Psychological Sciences
Office Location: 203 Coltrane Hall
Phone: 336-750-3157
Fax: -
Email:  hendersondx@wssu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Biography

“Empowering young people sits at the cornerstone of my life philosophy”—Dr. X

Dr. Dawn X. Henderson was born in a small northeast town in New Jersey. She declares Camden, New Jersey as her hometown. She completed her undergraduate degree in science education from Saint Augustine’s College, a Master’s in Education from North Carolina State University and doctorate in Psychology in the Public Interest from North Carolina State University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, an American Evaluation Association Diversity Fellow, and recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. She has worked in a variety of settings to include community-based organizations and higher education. It was from these experiences she realized the need to research and expand concepts of resilience and factors that promote positive youth development.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

As a teacher, I want more than to transmit knowledge, I am a pedagogue and structure the learning environment in ways that integrate the myriad ways in which individuals learn and engage in interactions that empower them towards social action. For me, teaching is an art; it takes continued practice, constant reflection, and the ability to frame knowledge in a way that exudes the multiple experiences and voices that comprise the canvas of life.  In summary, the art of teaching, pedagogy, for me reflects three essential characteristics, 1) liberatory in nature, 2) dynamic in expression, and 3) empowering in delivery.


Educational Background

  • Saint Augustine's College, B.S.
  • NC State University, M.Ed.
  • NC State University, Ph.D.

  • Research and Project Interests:

  • Positive Youth Development, Resilience, Mixed Methods, Educational Access and Persistence

  • Selected Publications:

    CONFERENCE ACTIVITY/PARTICIPATION

    DeYoung, S., Knight, T., Rade, C., Strange, J., Henderson, D., & Johnson, K. (June, 2013). The role of social myths in health education, public policy and media. Roundtable discussion presented at the 12th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference, Raleigh, NC.

    Henderson, D. (June, 2013). Exploring the effects of an alternative to suspension program in the lives of youth: A mixed methods study. Paper under symposium, Understanding and Promoting Positive Outcomes Among At-Risk Youth, presented at the 14th Biannual Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Miami, FL. 

    Henderson, D., Graymen, J., and McGowen, L. (June, 2013). Beyond research as science: Tips and tools for students and early career scholars journeying into research for organizational/community change. Roundtable discussion presented at the 14th Biannual Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Miami, FL. 

    Henderson, D. (August, 2013). An exploration of a community-based alternative to suspension program in promoting resilience, social connectedness, and positive adult relationships among youth. Poster presentation at the 121st American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HA.

    Henderson, D. (October, 2012). Using participatory action research with a community-based alternative to suspension program. Poster presentation at the 2012 Southeastern Ecological Community Psychology Conference, Durham, NC.

    Henderson, D., Pfeifer, T. and Short, L. (June, 2012). Sharing our story: A case for alternatives to suspension. Poster presentation at 9th Biennial Conference for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Convention, Charlotte, NC.

    Hall-Campbell, N., Brookins, C. C., Barlow, J., Henderson, D., Smart, A. and Cofield-Poole, B. (June, 2011). Strengthening the bond: Opportunities for collaboration between Afrikan/Black and Community Psychology. Panel discussion at 43rd Association of Black Psychologists Annual International Convention, Washington, DC.

    Hall-Campbell, N., Brookins, C. C., Barlow, J., Henderson, D., Smart, A. and Cofield-Poole, B. (June, 2011). Strengthening the bond: Opportunities for collaboration between Afrikan/Black and Community Psychology. Roundtable discussion at 13th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

    Henderson, D. (February, 2011). Navigating the charter school experience: Examining the marginalized voice from the inside. Poster presentation at Columbia University’s 2011 Winter Roundtable Conference, New York, NY.   

    Martin, P., Caldwell, T., Henderson, D., Smart, A., Murray, C., Mayes, E., & McAdoo, H.  (August 2008).  My soul looks back and wonders:  African American Protestant faith communities and mental health outcomes. Symposium panel at the 40th Annual Association of Black Psychologists Convention, Oakland, CA.

    Smart, A. (November, 2010). Beyond Borders: From the classroom to the field. Presentation at the 11th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference, Sustaining Authentic Engagement, Raleigh, NC.

    Henderson, D., Smart, A., Hall-Campbell, N., Banks, E., and Brookins, C. (May, 2009). The voices said it loud and clear: Exploring positionality, power and oppression in the African American educational experience. Presentation at 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA.

    Henderson, D. and Martin, P. (May, 2009). Is destigmatization a promotive factor? Examining the relationship between racial discrimination, subjective stigmatization, and psychological well-being among African American adolescents.  Poster presentation at 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA.

    Henderson, D. (March, 2009). Destigmatization: Understanding its role in the relationship between racial discrimination and psychological well-being among African American adolescents.  Poster presentation at Graduate Research Symposium, NC State University, Raleigh, NC.

    Henderson, D. and Martin, P. (January 2009). Destigmatization: Is it a protective or compensatory factor for African American adolescents. Poster presentation at the Society for Research on Child Development Conference, Chicago, IL.

    Henderson, D. (November, 2008). The give and take of everyone involved: Governance in charter schools.  Paper presentation at the ARNOVA (Association for Research and Nonprofit Voluntary Action) Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

    Smart, A., Henderson, D., and Baker, A. (October, 2008). Starting at square one: A collaborative research project investigating the success of North Carolina charter schools. Presentation at the 2008 Southeastern Ecological Community Psychology Conference, Asheville, NC.

    Martin, P. and Henderson, D. (February, 2008). Parents and African American protestant churches as predictors of psychological functioning among adolescents.  Poster presentation at Society for Research on Adolescents Biennial Meeting Program, Chicago, IL.

    Jack, G., McKinney, A., Frost, L., and Henderson, D. (March, 2006). Wings for to fly: Examining power relationships within an HBCU. Performance presentation at the Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed International Conference, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC. PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS

    Henderson, D. (2012). A new paradigm model in psychology. The Scientific Ravi, 21, 148 – 149. Article access: http://www.gcu.edu.pk/Publications/SRavi/SRavi12/Psychology.pdf.

    Henderson, D. (2012). A Lorax metaphor: How community psychology values guide our work with nonprofits. The Community Psychologist, 45 (3), 9 - 10.

    Henderson, D. (2007). Mountains to climb: Advising academically at-risk students in higher education. Academic Advising Today, NACADA Journal Publication, 30 (3). Article access: http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/AAT/documents/30_3.pdf.

    MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

    Henderson, D., Bond, G., Walker, R., Alderson, C., & Cureton, D. (in review).This too shall pass. Evidence of coping and fading emotion in African-Americans’ memories of non-violent and violent death. Manuscript in preparation.

    Henderson, D., & Keyes, O. They make you feel special: Using a mixed methods approach to explore the role of an alternative to suspension program in promoting resilience among at-risk youth (Working Title). Manuscript in preparation.

    Henderson, D., Decuir-Guncy, J., Wimberly, D. S. Fostering resilience in African American and Latino youth (Working Title). Manuscript under preparation.

    TECHNICAL REPORTS

    Atkinson, A., Baffour, T., Henderson, D., Hernandez, P., Moye, R., & Mendennhal, J. (March, 2013). Disproportionate minority contact in North Carolina’s juvenile justice system. A report submitted to the NC Governor’s Crime Commission, Raleigh, NC.

    Henderson, D. (June, 2012). A mixed methods evaluation of the YMCA-Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s Boomerang Program. Evaluation report submitted to the Program Directors, YMCA Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Chapel Hill, NC.

    Ormond, A., Anjum, B., Henderson, D., Monavi, R., & Gabler, W. (May, 2012).  Build bridges, not walls: Advancing the graduate education experience through development, engagement and collaboration. Issue brief submitted to the Graduate School, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

    Henderson, D. (June, 2011). National Y-USA Higher Education Service Project (HESP) Report. Evaluation Assessment and Policy Connections (EvAP) Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, American Evaluation Association Graduate Education Diversity Initiative.

    Rufty, R. & Henderson, D. (June, 2010). Ph.D. Completion Project College Profiles. The Graduate School, NC State University, Raleigh, NC.

    Covington, S., Henderson, D., Holmes, A., and Smart, A. (December, 2009). Learning History Report: Office of Global Education. Duke University, Durham, NC.

    Henderson, D. (May, 2009). Saturday Program for Academic and Cultural Enrichment (SPACE) Evaluation Report. African American Cultural Center, NC State University, Raleigh, NC.

    Henderson, D. (January, 2009, 2010). Council of Graduate Schools, PhD Completion Project Narrative. The Graduate School, NC State University, Raleigh, NC.

    Henderson, D. (June 2008, 2009). National PhD Completion Project Summary Report. The Graduate School, NC State University, Raleigh, NC.

    Henderson, D. (June, 2007). Student Success Plan Evaluation Report. College of Education, NC State University, Raleigh, NC.

    Henderson, D. (May, 2006). Office of First Year Experience Annual Report. Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC.

    BOOKS & ONLINE ARTICLES

    Cofield-Poole, B. & Henderson, D. (February, 2013). Integrating citizen voices in community and economic revitalization. Theory into Action: SCRA Community Outreach Newsletter, 2(2). Website: http://communitypsychologypractice.blogspot.com/

    Henderson, D. (October, 2012). Using community psychology principles to foster community collaboration. Theory into Action: SCRA Community Outreach Newsletter. Website: http://communitypsychologypractice.blogspot.com/2012/10/collaborating-for-justice.html?showComment=1349889266016#c1643697198348186594.

    Henderson, D. (April, 2012). Consider telling a story: Getting organizations to think about data. American Evaluation Association: 365Blog. Website: http://aea365.org/blog/?p=6104.

    Henderson, D. (February, 2012). Pushing open the doors. Community Psychology Practice Blog. Website: http://communitypsychologypractice.blogspot.com/2012/02/pushing-open-doors.html.

    Henderson, D. (February, 2012). Managing boundaries: The multiple roles of evaluators within community contexts. American Evaluation Association: 365Blog. Website: http://aea365.org/blog/?p=5638&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+aea365+%28AEA365%29.

    Henderson, D. & Odeneye, E. (February, 2011). Tips and strategies for internal program evaluators. American Evaluation Association: 365 Blog. Website: http://aea365.org/blog/?p=2529.

    Henderson, D. (Ed.). A Voyage for Success: Providing strategies, activities, and resources for mapping student success at Saint Augustine's College. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.


    Additional Information:

    PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

    Review Panelist, National Science Foundation: Broadening Participation Research, HBCU-UP (2013)

    Proposal Reviewer, Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference (2013)

    Outreach Group Member, THEory into ACTion, Society for Community Research and Action Practice Council (2012 – 2013)

    Proposal Reviewer, Society for Community Research and Action, Mini-Grant Projects (2012 – 2013)

    Proposal Reviewer, Division 9 and 27, American Psychological Association Annual Convention (2012)

    Proposal Reviewer, American Evaluation Association Annual Conference: Community Psychology TIG (2012)

    Proposal Reviewer, American Evaluation Association Annual Conference: Youth-Focused Evaluation TIG (2012)

    Proposal Reviewer, Society for the Psychology Study of Social Issues Biennial Conference (2012)

    Evaluator, Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Boomerang Program (2011 – 2012)

    Task Force Member, Practice Competencies Group, Society for Community Research and Action (2011 – 2012)

    Editorial Board Member, Meridian Online Journal, College of Education, NC State University, Raleigh, NC ( 2010 – 2011)     

    Proposal Reviewer, American Psychological Association Annual Convention (2011)

    Proposal Reviewer, American Psychological Association Annual Convention (2010)

    Proposal Reviewer and Judge, Out of Box Contest, Community Tool Box, Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas (2010)

    Proposal Reviewer, Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference (2009)

    Planning Committee Member, Southeastern Ecological Community Psychology Conference (2008)

    Strategic Planning Committee Member, Psychology in the Public Interest Program, NC State University, Raleigh, NC (2008 – 2009)

    Graduate Volunteer, Biennial Conference for the Society for Research on Adolescents (2008)

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & MEMBERSHIP

    Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA)

    The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

    American Psychological Association (APA)

    Winston-Salem State University

    601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

    Winston-Salem, NC 27110

    Phone: (336) 750-2000



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