Lora Henderson

Research Associate


  • Ph.D, University of Virginia, 2018
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, 2014
  • M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • B.A., Clark Atlanta University, 2010

Lora Henderson is a graduate of the Curry School of Education and Human Development Clinical Psychology doctoral program. Her prior experiences as a second-grade teacher piqued her interests in evidence-based mental health interventions and school-based services. As a graduate student, Lora was an American Psychological Association Minority Fellow and she had opportunities to conduct and evaluate school-based interventions in public schools as well as provide outpatient mental health and inpatient psychiatric services. She also worked on a project designed to provide adults who work with tribal youth in South Dakota additional training in trauma-informed service provision. Her original dissertation examined cultural differences between home and school for students from underrepresented backgrounds. She completed a predoctoral clinical psychology internship at the Hartford Hospital Institute of Living and a fellowship in child trauma at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. As a postdoctoral research associate, Lora will integrate her research and clinical experiences with the National Center for Rural School Mental Health as she implements, adapts, and evaluates school-based mental health interventions for rural and tribal youth.