Heather Henderson

Professor and Chair

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Education: BSc (McMaster), MA (Guelph), Ph.D. (Maryland)

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Research interests

I am interested in (a) the role of early temperament on children’s social development, (b) affective and cognitive influences on self-regulation in typically- and atypically-developing children, and (c) developmental psychophysiology.

Selected recent publications

Burrows, C. A., Green, E. S., & Henderson, H. A. (2019). Self-reported temperament in children and adolescents with High Functioning Autism. In F. R. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York: Springer.

Buzzell, G. A., Barker, T. V., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Bernat, E. M., Bowers, M. E., Morales, S., Bowman, L. C., Henderson, H. A., Pine, D. S., & Fox, N. A. (2019). Adolescent cognitive control, theta oscillations, and social observation. NeuroImage, 13-30.

Smith, K. A., Hastings, P. D., Henderson, H. A., & Rubin, K. H. (2019). Multidimensional emotion regulation moderates the relation between behavioral inhibition and social reticence with unfamiliar peers.  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 47, 1239-1251.

Troller-Renfree, S., Buzzell, G. A., Bowers, M. E., Salo, V., Forman-Alberti, A., Smith, E., Papp, L. J., Martin McDermott, J., Pine, D. S., Henderson, H. A., & Fox, N. A. (2019). Development of inhibitory control during childhood and its relations to early temperament and later social anxiety: Unique insights provided by latent growth modeling and signal detection theory. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60, 622-629.

Troller-Renfree, S. V., Buzzell, G. A., Pine, D. S., Henderson, H. A., & Fox, N. A.  (2019). Consequences of not planning ahead: Reduced proactive control moderates longitudinal relations between behavioral inhibition and anxiety. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 58, 768-775.e1

Henderson, H. A., Green, E. S., & Wick, B. L. (2018). The social world of behaviorally inhibited children: A transactional account. In K. Perez-Edgar & N. Fox (Eds.) Behavioral Inhibition: Integrating Theory, Research, and Clinical Perspectives (pp. 135-155).   New York:  Springer.

Burrows, C. A., Usher, L. V., Becker-Haimes, E. M., McMahon, C., Mundy, P. C., Jensen-Doss, A., & Henderson, H. A. (2018).  Profiles and correlates of parent-child agreement on social anxiety symptoms in youth with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48, 2023-2037.

Usher, L. V., Burrows, C. A., Messinger, D. S., & Henderson, H. A. (2018). Metaperception in adolescents with and without autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48, 533-548.

Henderson, H. A., Burrows, C. A., Usher, L. V. (2017). Emotional Development. In B. Hopkins, E. Geangu, & S. Linkenauger (Eds.).  Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development (pp. 424-430). Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.

Burrows, C. A., Usher, L. V., Mundy, P. C. & Henderson, H. A. (2017). The salience of the self: Self-referential processing and internalizing problems in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 10, 949-960.

Buzzell, G. A., Troller-Renfree, S. V., Barker, T. V., Bowman, L. C., Chronis-Tuscano, A., Henderson, H. A., Kagan, J., Pine, D. S. & Fox, N. A.  (2017). A neurobehavioral mechanism linking behaviorally inhibited temperament and later adolescent social anxiety. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 56, 1097-1105.

Henderson, H. A. & Wilson, M. J. G. (2017). Attention processes underlying risk and resilience in behaviorally inhibited children. Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports, 4, 99-106.

White, L. K., Degnan, K. A., Henderson, H. A., Perez-Edgar, K., Walker, O. L., Shechner, T., Leibenluft, E., Bar-Haim, Y., Pine, D. S., & Fox, N. A.  (2017). Developmental relations among behavioral inhibition, anxiety, and attention biases to threat and positive information. Child Development, 88, 141-155.

Jarcho, J. M., Davis, M. M., Shechner, T., Degnan, K. A., Henderson, H. A., Stoddard, J., Fox, N. A., Leibenluft, E., Pine, D. S., & Nelson, E. E. (2016). Early-childhood social reticence predicts brain function in preadolescent youths during distinct forms of peer evaluation.  Psychological Science, 27, 821-835.

Burrows, C. A., Usher, L. V., Mundy, P. C., & Henderson, H. A. (2016). Supporting the spectrum hypothesis: Self-reported temperament in children with high functioning autism.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 1184-1195.

Jaime, M., McMahon, C. M., Davidson, B. C., Newell, L. C., Mundy, P. C., & Henderson, H. A.  (2016). Reduced temporal-central and temporal-parietal alpha EEG coherence during joint attention perception in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 1477-1489.

McMahon, C. M., Henderson, H. A., Newell, L., Jaime, M., & Mundy, P. (2016). Metacognitive awareness of facial affect in higher-functioning children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 882-898.

Sylvester, C. M., Barch, D. M., Harms, M. P., Belden, A. C., Oakberg, T. J., Gold, A. L., White, L. K., Benson, B. E., Troller-Renfree, S., Degnan, K. A., Henderson, H. A., Luby, J. L., Fox, N. A., & Pine, D. S. (2016).  Early childhood behavioral inhibition predicts cortical thickness in adulthood.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 55, 122-129e1.

Degnan, K. A., Hane, A. A., Henderson, H. A., Walker, O. L., Ghera, M. M., & Fox, N. A.  (2015). Emergent patterns of risk for psychopathology: The influence of infant avoidance and maternal caregiving on trajectories of social reticence.   Development and Psychopathology, 27, 1163-1178.

Key, A. P., Ibanez, L. V., Henderson, H. A., Warren, Z., Messinger, D. S., & Stone, W. L. (2015). Positive affect sensitivity and social-communicative outcomes in infants and high risk for autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 4051-4062.

Walker, O. L., Degnan, K. A., & Fox, N. A., Henderson, H. A. (2015).  Early social fear in relation to play with an unfamiliar peer: Actor and partner effects. Developmental Psychology, 51, 1588-1596.

Penela, E. C., Walker, O. L., Degnan, K. A., Fox, N. A., & Henderson, H. A. (2015).  Early behavioral inhibition and emotion regulation: Pathways toward social competence in middle childhood. Child Development, 86, 1227-1240.

Usher, L. V., Burrows, C. A., Schwartz, C. B., Henderson, H. A. (2015). Social competence with an unfamiliar peer in higher functioning children and adolescents with autism:  Measurement and individual differences. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 17, 25-39.

Henderson, H. A., Pine, D. S., & Fox, N. A. (2015).  Behavioral inhibition and developmental risk: A dual-processing perspective.  Neuropsychopharmacology Reviews, 40, 207-224.

McMahon, C., & Henderson, H. A. (2015). Error-monitoring in response to social stimuli in individuals with higher functioning autism spectrum disorder. Developmental Science, 18, 389-403.

Lewis-Morrarty, E., Degnan, K. A., Chronis-Tuscano, A., Pine, D. S., Henderson, H. A., & Fox, N. A.  (2015)Infant attachment security and early childhood behavioral inhibition interact to predict adolescent social anxiety symptoms. Child Development, 86, 598-613.

Barker, T. V., Reeb-Sutherland, B., Degnan, K. A., Walker, O. L., Chronis-Tuscano, A., Henderson, H. A., Pine, D. S., & Fox, N. A. (2015).  Contextual startle responses moderate the relation between behavioral inhibition and anxiety in middle childhood.  Psychophysiology, 52, 1544-1549.

Henderson, H. A., Ono, K. E., McMahon, C., Schwartz, C. B., Usher, L., & Mundy, P. C. (2015). The costs and benefits of self-monitoring for higher functioning children and adolescents with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 548-559.

Webb, S. J., Bernier, R., Henderson, H. A., Johnson, M. H., Jones, E. J. H., Lerner, M. D., McPartland, J. C., Nelson, C. A., Rojas, D., Townsend, J., & Westerfield, M.  (2015).  Guidelines and best practices for electrophysiological data collection, analysis and reporting in autism.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 425-443.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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