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. She has initiated and led multiple efforts to recognize the broad and often non-conventional contributions of faculty to the academic missions of Geisel, including enhanced recognition for multi-disciplinary and team-based 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 is a Deputy Title IX coordinator.
Professor 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 has taught medical students, PhD students, and Dartmouth College undergraduates. Her research program focused on understanding the neurobiological basis for behavioral changes associated with abuse of anabolic androgenic steroids, with a specific emphasis on the role of the GABA-A receptor in neural processing, the effects of endocrine disrupting compounds on the developing nervous system, and the neural basis for sex-specific behaviors. 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.
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