Wendy Henderson, PhD, MSN, CRNP, FAAN

Director, PhD Program and Professor, School of Nursing

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Research Interests

As a principal investigator on multiple funded studies, my science focuses on Brain-Gut-Liver Microbiota Axis and chronic effects of stress on intestinal health across the lifespan.

My current focuses are on immunogenetic mechanisms in gastrointestinal symptom distress, Stool Tool (validation of personal pathogen detection in diarrhea), Brain-Gut Natural History Study, Evaluation and treatment of digestive disorders (behavioral, dietary, lifestyle as well as standard of care personalized approaches).

I recently joined the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing and was appointed as the Director of the Center of Nursing Scholarship and Innovation in September of 2019. Previously, I worked in the intramural program of the NIH for 12 years. I was the Chief of the Digestive Disorders Unit, Biobehavioral Branch within NINR’s Division of Intramural Research. I am a certified registered nurse practitioner with a subspecialty in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition since 1999. My interest in symptomatology in patients with gastrointestinal and liver disorders stems from her clinical and research experience at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pediatric Gastroenterology Department.

I completed a Patient Safety Fellowship, through the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. In 2007, I received my PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was also a Clinical and Translational Science Institute Fellow. The same year, I joined the Intramural Program of NIH as a Staff Scientist. After completing two years of postdoctoral training at NIH, I was appointed as an Assistant Clinical Investigator in 2009 and then joined the NINR faculty in the NIH Division of Intramural Research in 2011. I founded a Clinical and Translational Postdoctoral Program in the Intramural Program of NIH. I served as a member of the NIH Women Scientist Advisors Committee and on the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act. Among other awards, NINR Director’s Awards for Innovation, Leadership, and commitment to Diversity. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. My work is nationally and internationally recognized and I am an inventor on multiple patents and licensed technologies.


PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
MSN, University of Pittsburgh, 1999

Recent/Selected Publications

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