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Oklahoma State University

Carolyn S. Henry



Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science
328C Human Sciences
Stillwater OK 74078-6123
Office Phone: 405-744-8357


Areas of Expertise

Families and adolescents with a focus on contexts (neighborhoods, family systems, parent-adolescent dyads) and adolescent adaptation (social, emotional, educational, risk & resilience). Interests include selected diversity issues (family structure, race/ethnicity).

Population of Interest

Families with adolescents from diverse cultures including Latino, African American, and immigrant families.


Carolyn S. Henry, Ph.D., CFLE is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Henry focuses on risk and resilience in families with adolescents. She is currently a co-PI on Fathers Count, a federally funded research study of how families (including fathers and father figures), neighborhoods, schools, and peers are associated with reduced risk for delinquent behavior and mental health issues, while fostering educational success. Recent publications focus on families and other contexts of academic success in Latino youth. In 2010, Dr. Henry’s research was recognized through the Oklahoma State University Regents’ Distinguished Research Award.

Dr. Henry began her career in human services and counseling, working in university and community settings including Project Talent Search focusing on youth in communities characterized by economic and cultural disadvantage, engaging prevention of adolescent pregnancy through a community action agency, and student services at Pepperdine University. Dr. Henry teaches in the areas of family resilience, family dynamics, family theory, and current issues in families. Consistent with the land-grant philosophy of OSU, Dr. Henry emphasizes the integration of theory, research, and professional practice focused on fostering well-being in youth.

Dr. Henry completed her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville focusing on Child and Family Studies. After serving on the faculty at South Dakota State University for three years, she returned to her alma mater, Oklahoma State University serving as a faculty member in Human Development and Family Science. She is a member of the National Council on Family Relations (Certified Family Life Educator), Oklahoma Council on Family Relations, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (Clinical Member), Oklahoma Association of Marriage and Family Therapy). She is a member of the Editorial Boards for Family Relations and Marriage and Family Review.

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