Lynnette Henderson, Ph.D.

StudyFinder Coordinator, IDDRC Clinical Translational Core B
Associate Director of Adult Community Services, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Research Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Medicine


Lynnette Henderson, Ph.D.

Contact Info

(615) 936-0448



1207 17th Ave. S., Suite 202
Nashville, TN 37212

Overview of Interests

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, which allows individuals with and without disabilities to contact the VKC when they determine a study may be right for them.

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

Her UCEDD responsibilities include working in the newest area of emphasis, employment, particularly on the TennesseeWorks partnership. She fosters ongoing and new relationships with community and state agencies and disability-related organizations and agencies. She speaks about disability issues and disseminates Center and research project materials at local and state conferences and meetings.

Community Involvement

  • Serves on program committee for the Tennessee Disability MegaConference
  • Volunteers for Autism Tennessee
  • Volunteers for High Hopes Development Center Inclusive Preschool and Pediatric Therapy Clinic
  • Serves on the Governor’s Employment 1st Task Force
  • Serves on MT|SHRM’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • VKC Leadership Liaison for TABS (Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters)
  • Contributes regularly to Middle Tennessee Employment Consortium (MTEC) and Tennessee Employment Consortium (STEC) meetings
  • Coordinates committee planning and conducting disAbility Mentoring Day @ VU each year
  • Serves on VKC Research Ethics Grand Rounds planning committee


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