Dr Annette Henderson

Senior Lecturer and Rutherford Discovery Fellow - School of Psychology, University of Auckland

Dr. Annette Henderson is a Senior Lecturer and Rutherford Discovery Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. She is a developmental scientist whose research expertise lies in socio-cognitive development in early childhood (0 – 7 years old). Her work on the development of cooperation and social competence has received several national grants (e.g., Marsden fund) and prestigious fellowships (e.g., Rutherford Discovery Fellowship).

The ultimate goal of Dr Henderson's research programme is to identify how children’s biology and experiences work together to shape their social competence. In addition to her research being featured across several media outlets (e.g., RNZ, Close Up, NZ Herald, Stuff, Dateline NBC), Dr. Henderson has provided expert commentaries and interviews on hot topics in child development (e.g., device use, self-esteem, language development, identity, gender differences) across all of the major media outlets in NZ.

As a child development expert, Dr. Henderson has advised on several TV series (e.g., off-screen advisor for Nigel Latta’s “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Raising Teenagers” and “The Curious Mind”; Prime’s “All in the Mind”, which included on and off-screen work). Notably, Dr. Henderson advised and provided a child development expert commentary on TVNZ’s “The Secret Life of 5- and 6-year-old Girls” (2018). Most recently, Dr. Henderson was a panel member in the “Sons of Feminism” panel discussion at the Wellington City Gallery aired on RNZ. Dr. Henderson enjoys engaging with the media as she loves being provided with the opportunity to share her passion of the wonders of child development with the public in hopes that everyone will come to appreciate just how wonderful the developing mind is!

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