Zuleka Henderson

Dr. Henderson has focused her research and writing on addressing trauma and the behavioral health needs of African American adolescents and on advancing intergenerational healing among black families.

Dr. Zuleka Henderson is a lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is a licensed social worker from Brooklyn whose practice experience includes delivering school and community-based mental health services using African-centered wellness models. Grounded in the theories of historical trauma and post-traumatic slave syndrome, her research coalesces around trauma, mental health, and conceptualizations of healing for Black people across generations. Her most recent research took a qualitative approach to examining how Black teens define trauma and healing. Currently, Dr. Henderson’s focus is on translating African-centered conceptualizations of wellness into community-based mental health spaces for Black people who do not see traditional clinical services as an option for healing.

Before coming to Columbia in 2017, Dr. Henderson was an assistant professor of Social Work at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD. She received her BA in Sociology from Wesleyan University, her MSW from Fordham University, and her PhD from Howard University.