Dean of Faculty Affairs

Leslie P. Henderson, PhD, Professor of Physiology & Neurobiology, is the Dean for Faculty Affairs at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Serving in this role since 2008, she oversees all aspects of appointments, titles and promotions for Geisel faculty members situated at the three primary sites that constitute the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (the Geisel campus in Hanover, NH, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic/Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital campus in Lebanon, NH, and the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, VT) and at clinical affiliates throughout the United States and international locales. In 2009, she initiated and led efforts concluding in 2012 that resulted in substantive revisions of the Geisel APT policies highlighting a new emphasis on interdisciplinary and "team" teaching and research and a broader definition of scholarship that includes contributions through non-traditional media, entrepreneurial advances and engagement. Professor Henderson serves as the Geisel liaison to the Dartmouth College Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity for faculty hiring and chairs the Council on Sponsored Activities and the Conflict of Interest Committee for the College.

Prof. Henderson received a BA in Human Biology and a PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego and at Tufts University Medical School. She joined Dartmouth's medical school faculty in 1989 and teaches medical students, PhD students and Dartmouth College undergraduates. She maintains an active research program that focuses on understanding the neurobiological basis for behavioral changes associated with abuse of anabolic androgenic steroids. Professor Henderson has served on numerous NSF and NIH study sections, was Chair of NDPR from 2006-2008, and has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation. She is also an active participant in the Dartmouth INBRE program that is a statewide endeavor to provide enhanced research opportunities and mentoring to partnering institutions throughout the state of New Hampshire.

Office: Rope Ferry 211
Phone: 650-1751 or 1312
Email: Leslie.P.Henderson@Dartmouth.EDU