Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Lynnette Henderson, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Research Recruitment Coordinator
Associate Director of Community Services, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Research Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Medicine

Contact Info

(615) 936-0448


235 One Magnolia Circle

Lynnette Henderson, Ph.D.


Lynnette Henderson is responsible for connecting Center investigators with children and adults who want to take part in research. She maintains the Center's StudyFinder web-based list of studies seeking participants and the Research Family Partners registry, which allows individuals with and without disabilities to be contacted when a study may be right for them.

Her research interests include autism spectrum disorders, IEP processes, and reducing parent stress. Service interests include advocacy for the educational, social, and emotional needs of gifted children.

Her UCEDD responsibilities include developing the newest area of emphasis, Employment. She fosters ongoing and new relationships with community and state agencies, medical and behavioral health clinics, school systems, and disability-related organizations and agencies. She speaks about disability issues and disseminates Center and research project materials at local, state, and national conferences and meetings.

Click here for her downloadable resource packets.

Community Involvement

  • Serves as program co-chair of the Tennessee Disability MegaConference
  • Serves as secretary for the Middle Tennessee Children’s Mental Health Coalition
  • Represents the VKC on the SAFE KIDS of Cumberland Valley coalition
  • Represents the VKC as a voting member on the Greater Nashville Local Interagency Coordinating Council for Tennessee's Early Intervention System (TEIS)
  • Represents the VKC on the South Central Local Interagency Coordinating Council for TEIS
  • Volunteers on the board of Autism Tennessee (formerly the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee)


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In the News

Podcast, Video, and Images

  • Ethical Responses to the Challenges of Health Disparities Affecting People With Disabilities

    November 13, 3013
    Research Ethics Grand Rounds
    * Tom Cheetham, M.D., Director, Office of Health Services, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Deputy Commissioner of Child Health, Department of Children's Services
    * Taylor C. Fife, Ph.D., DNP, APRN-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Mental Health Cooperative and Davidson County Mobile Crisis
    * Adam Germek, Chief Development Officer, Special Olympics Tennessee
    * Lynnette Henderson, Ph.D., CCRP, VKC Research Recruitment Coordinator; Associate Director of Community Services, UCEDD; Research Assistant Professor in Pediatrics (Moderator)
    * Tyler Reimschisel, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology; Director, Division of Developmental Medicine; Director, Vanderbilt LEND