Heather Henderson

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

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Social Development Lab

I am currently recruiting graduate students for Fall 2024

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

Sosa-Hernandez, L., Aitken, C., Heintzman, S., Nilsen, E.S., & Henderson, H.A. (in press). Temperamental shyness and children’s communication in a goal-oriented task: A dyadic perspective. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 87, 101566. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2023.101566

Poole, K.L., Sosa-Hernandez, L., Green, E., Wilson, M., Labahn, C., & Henderson, H.A. (2023). Children’s shyness and empathic physiological arousal to a peer’s social stress. Developmental Psychobiology, 65(4), e22388. https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.22388

Dys, S.P., Burrows, C.A., Usher, L.V., Almas, A.N., Degnan, K.A., Fox, N.A., & Henderson, H.A. (2023). Encouraging a peer in need: The impacts of social anxiety and peer familiarity. Social Development, 32(2), 618-632. https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12648

Fox, N.A., Zeytinoglu, S., Valadez, E., Buzzell, G., Morales, S., & Henderson, H.A. (2023). Developmental pathways linking early behavioral inhibition to later anxiety. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry: Annual Research Review, 64, 537-561. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13702

Sosa-Hernandez, L., Wilson, M., & Henderson, H.A. (2023). Emotion dynamics among pre-adolescents getting to know each other: Dyadic associations with shyness. Emotion, 23(4), 949-960. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0001155

Poole, K.L., Degnan, K.A., Harrewijn, A., Almas, A., Fox, N.A., & Henderson, H.A. (2022). Trajectories of socially anxious behavior from age 5 to 13: Temperamental and socio-cognitive pathways. Child Development, 93, 1334-1346. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13767

Wilson, M.L., Sosa-Hernandez, L., & Henderson, H.A. (2022). Mind wandering and executive dysfunction predict children’s performance in the Metronome Response Task (2021). Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 213, 105257. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2021.105257

Hudson, A., Green, E.S., Wilson, M.J.G., Itier, R.J., & Henderson, H.A. (2021). The prominence of self-referential processing across ERP and memory consolidation in children. Developmental Neuropsychology, 46, 598-615. https://doi.org/10.1080/87565641.2021.1991354

Fox, N.A., Buzzell, G.A., Morales, S., Valadez, E.A., Wilson, M.L., Henderson, H.A. (2021). Understanding the emergence of social anxiety in children with behavioral inhibition. Biological Psychiatry, 681-689. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2020.10.004

Wilson, M. & Henderson, H. A. (2020). Shyness and perceived monitoring by peers affect children’s performance in a divided attention task. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 198, 104882.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2020.104882

Hudson, A., Wilson, M., Green, E., Itier, R., & Henderson, H. A. (2020). Are you as important  as me? Self-other discrimination within trait-adjective processing. Brain and Cognition, 142, 105569. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2020.105569

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, 198, 13 -30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.04.077

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. https://doi.org/10.1007%2Fs10803-017-3356-1

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. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.1727

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40473-017-0111-z