Shelly Henderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
Shelly Henderson is an assistant clinical professor for the Master of Science – Nurse Practitioner and Master of Health Services – Physician Assistant Degree programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. After completing her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Primary Care Psychology at UC Davis, she joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine faculty where she is the director of behavioral medicine. In 2012, she joined the Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Faculty. Henderson enjoys interprofessional teaching of medical and family nurse practitioner and physician assistant students as well as residents. Her interest is in the integration of behavioral and primary care. She practices as a health psychologist in the Family Practice Clinic and uses motivational interviewing, among other approaches, to promote health behavior change in patients with chronic diseases. She emphasizes mindfulness in her work with learners and patients alike. Henderson completed her undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz and received a master’s degree in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College.