J. Neil Henderson, PhD
J. Neil Henderson is a Choctaw Nation tribal member, born in southeast Oklahoma. He has been working for 25 years in aging and is the director of the American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center and a professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Henderson’s has conducted extensive research on cultural influences on the recognition and treatment of diabetes and dementia, cultural constructions of disease, and community health intervention in the context of cultural diversity. He has conducted bio-cultural research on Alzheimer’s disease in American Indian tribes, developed Alzheimer’s support groups in African-American and Spanish-speaking populations, and conducted geriatric health care education for culturally diverse providers across the United States.
Currently, he and his wife, Dr. L. Carson Henderson, are conducting research into health beliefs and behaviors of gestational diabetes among Oklahoma Choctaw women. The themes of this research are the prevention of disease, reduction of health disparities, and the building of healthier lives among the youth, adults, and elders in culturally diverse populations. Dr. Henderson was honored by the award of the Leadership in Prevention for Native Americans, 2006, by the Loma Linda University School of Public Health and the Award of Achievement by the University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health. Dr. Henderson is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology and past-President of the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology. He has authored many articles in the scientific press and is co-author of the text, Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health and, with Maria Vesperi, is editor of The Culture of Long Term Care (1995).