Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science
Family policy, law, and diversity
Grandparents, grandchildren, and their parents; diverse families; older adults and families facing disasters
Dr. Tammy L. Henderson, Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oklahoma State University (OSU), conducts research in the area of family policy, law, and diversity. She completed her doctoral studies in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University and earned her other degrees from Louisiana State University. Previously she was a faculty member at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA.
As a family policy and law scholar, her basic and applied work focuses on grandparent rights and responsibilities, foster care, mentoring, diversity, and policies. Her current research centers around the impact of Hurricane Katrina on older adults and Alaska Native Grandparents funded by the National Science Foundation. NSF also sponsored her to give invited presentations on disasters and older adults in Uganda. Her other funded work revolves around Gerontology and Geriatrics.
She has worked on several program development and evaluation work on these projects: childcare needs in Montgomery County; kinship care issues in the state of Virginia; homelessness and neighborhood redevelopment in Baton Rouge; and improving the capacity of HBCUs to address health disparities.
Dr. Henderson has served as a co-guest editor and guest editor for premier journals in the area of human development and family science. Her scholarship leadership is recognized at national level, including her work with the National Council on Family Relations.