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Biography

Dr.  Henshaw is a licensed clinical psychologist trained in interpersonal and cognitive- behavioral approaches to treating adult psychopathology.  She completed her Ph.D. at Eastern Michigan University and her APA-accredited predoctoral internship at University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services.

At Denison Dr. Henshaw teaches courses in abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, introductory psychology, research methods and health psychology. Her research addresses the following questions:

1. when individuals suffer from psychological distress, what thoughts or actions prompt them to get professional treatment…or not?

2. how can we design educational programs to reduce treatment barriers and increase coping skills for depression and anxiety?

Dr. Henshaw is especially interested in answering these questions during the perinatal (pregnancy and postpartum) period, which represents a particularly important time for mothers and fathers to receive timely mental health treatment.

Degree(s)
B.A., Wittenberg University; M.S., Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University

Learning & Teaching

Research

Research Details

The broad goal of my research program is to increase understanding of psychosocial factors that contribute to optimal health outcomes in perinatal women and their infants. The current and future direction of my research is to apply this understanding to the development and testing of new interventions to enhance maternal and infant health. I have focused on two perinatal outcomes: treatment and recovery of depression and sustained exclusive breastfeeding. Informed by the Health Belief and Social Network Episode models of depression treatment, I have investigated the beliefs, attitudes, and social interactions associated with treatment seeking for depression among perinatal women. Working from a cognitive-behavioral framework, I also explored how women’s expectations of themselves as mothers and their self efficacy beliefs predict postpartum emotional adjustment, depressive symptoms, and breastfeeding exclusivity among mothers who intend to breastfeed. My recent qualitative work has explored the role of fathers in women’s responses to mood changes and breastfeeding challenges postpartum. This work provides the basis for my current emphasis on developing health-enhancing programming on mood changes and breastfeeding that incorporates education of fathers.

I mentor students in directed study, independent study, senior research and summer research. Current student-involved research projects include the development and testing of an educational program to reduce postpartum depression stigma, the development of a post-delivery intervention to increase social support and parenting self-efficacy for first time mothers and fathers, and the categorization of students’ explanatory theories about how psychotherapy works.

Works

Publications

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Denison student co-authors are indicated in italics

Henshaw, E., Fried, R., Siskind, E., Newhouse, L., Cooper, M. (2015). Breastfeeding self- efficacy, mood, and breastfeeding outcomes among primiparous women. Journal of Human Lactation, 31(3) 511-518.

Henshaw, E., Fried, R., Teeters, J., & Siskind, E. (2014). Maternal expectations and postpartum emotional adjustment in first time mothers: results of a questionnaire survey. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 35(3) 69-75.

Henshaw, E. J. (2014). Too sick, not sick enough? effects of treatment type and timing on depression stigma. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 4, 292-299.

Novick, D.M., Allbaugh, L., Zhao, Z., Henshaw, E., Vazquez, D.M., Armitage, R., Flynn, H., & WMHIP.  (2014).  Representativeness of obstetric patients who participate in perinatal depression research: findings from the Women's Mental Health and Infants Program (WMHIP) integrated dataset.  Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 17, 97-105.

Henshaw, E., Sabourin, B., & Warning, M. (2013). Treatment-seeking behaviors and attitudes survey among women at risk for perinatal depression or anxiety. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 42, 168-177.

O’Mahen, H. A., Himle, J., Fedock, G., Henshaw, E., & Flynn, H. A. (2013). A pilot randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for perinatal depression adapted for women with low incomes. Depression and Anxiety, 30, 679-687.

Freedman-Doan, C. R., Fortunato, L., Henshaw, E. J., & Titus, J. M. (2013). Faith-based sex education programs: What they look like and who uses them. Journal of Religion and Health, 52, 247-262.

O’Mahen, H.A, Fedock, G., Henshaw, E., Himle, J., Forman, J., &. Flynn, H.F. (2012). Modifying CBT for perinatal depression: What do women want? A qualitative study. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19, 359-371.

Palladino, C. L., Fedock, G. L., Forman, J. H., Davis, M. M., Henshaw, E., Flynn, H.A. (2011). OB CARES: The Obstetric Clinics and Resources Study: providers’ perceptions of addressing perinatal depression—a qualitative study. General Hospital Psychiatry, 33(3), 267-278.

Henshaw, E., Flynn, H. A., Himle, J., O’Mahen, H. A., Forman, J., & Fedock, G. (2011). Patient preferences for clinician interactional style in treatment of perinatal depression. Qualitative Health Research, 21 (7), 936-951.

O’Mahen, H. A., Henshaw, E., Jones, J. M., & Flynn, H. A. (2011). Stigma and depression during pregnancy: Does race matter? Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199 (4):257-262.

Flynn H.A., Henshaw, E., O'Mahen H., Forman J. (2010). Patient perspectives on improving the depression referral processes in obstetrics settings: a qualitative study. General Hospital Psychiatry, 32 (1), 9-16.

Henshaw, E., & Freedman-Doan, C. R. (2009). Conceptualizing mental healthcare utilization using the Health Belief Model. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 16 (4), 420-436.

Presentations

Henshaw, E., (2015, November). Collaboration to develop a web-based interactive perinatal depression educational program to reduce treatment barriers for mothers and partners. In N. W. Selix (Chair), Interdisciplinary collaboration for perinatal mental health: a model for success. Symposium conducted at the Second Biennial Perinatal Mental Health Conference, Chicago, IL.

Henshaw, E. (2015, August). Exploring cultural competency in clinical research through historical reports. In E. Henshaw (Chair), Lessons from our past: Using clinical history to teach ethics and cultural competency. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, CA.

Henshaw, E. (2014, August). Access to care for individuals with serious mental illness: As problematic in 1890 as it is today. In K. Keefe-Cooperman (Chair), America’s care of people with serious mental illness—lessons learned from two historical periods. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American Psychological Association. Washington D.C.

Henshaw, E. (2013, May). Social responses to psychological disorder: A service learning seminar course. Poster presented at the 25th annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, Washington D.C.

Henshaw, E. (2013, May). Too sick, not sick enough? Effects of treatment type and timing on depression stigma. Poster presented at the 25th annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, Washington D.C.

Henshaw, E. & Siskind, E. (2013, March). Maternal expectations and postpartum emotional adjustment in first time mothers. Oral presentation given at the Eastern Psychological Association annual conference, New York, NY.

Henshaw, E., Sussman, E., & Siskind, E. (2012, May). Correlates of breastfeeding confidence and intention during the postpartum hospital visit: A survey of first- time mothers. Poster presented at OhioHealth Heritage Research Conference, Columbus, OH.

Henshaw, E. (2012, March). Past treatment effectiveness and prenatal depression stigma: Different relationships for public and personal stigma. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association annual conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Henshaw, E., O’Mahen, H.A. (2011, July). Impact of depression information on views of postpartum depression and treatment. Open paper presented at the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, Guildford, UK.

Henshaw, E. & Greenhouse, M. (2011, May). Effect of Message Framing on Views of Postpartum Depression. Poster presented at the Midwestern psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Henshaw, E. (2010, April). Psychological predictors of treatment seeking for depressive symptoms during pregnancy. Oral presentation given at Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Small, B., Henshaw, E., Freedman-Doan, C. R., & Nerbonne, J. (2009, April). The relationship between academic expectations, perfectionism, and self-injurious behavior among a college sample. Poster presented at Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Freedman-Doan, C.R., Henshaw, E., Titus, J.M., Fortunato, L. (2007, August). Faith-based sex education programs: what they look like and who uses them. Poster presented at the 115th American Psychological Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.

Henshaw, E. (2007, March). The utility of the Health Belief Model for predicting mental health help-seeking behaviors. Oral presentation given at Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Fair. Ypsilanti, MI.

Henshaw, E., Freedman-Doan, C.R. (2006, August). A longitudinal study of religiosity, contraceptive knowledge, and expectations as related to adolescent sexual behaviors. In C. Leanord (Chair), the role of religion in sexual activity and contraceptive use from middle adolescence to emerging adulthood. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American Psychological Association. New Orleans, LA.

Chamberlain, J.A., Henshaw, E.J., Freedman-Doan, C.R. (2006, May). The effects of gender, race, and parental communication on adolescent sexual behavior. Poster presented at Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

Moore, E., Freedman-Doan, C.R. (2005, April). Sexual knowledge and religiosity in predicting sexual behavior. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development. Atlanta, GA.

Moore, E. (2002, April). Interpersonal Characteristics of Rejection Sensitive Persons. Poster presented at Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Service

Other

Student Collaborations

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS ADVISED

Snell, R (2013, November). How does postpartum depression in mothers affect mother- partner relationship quality? Poster presented at the Ohio Psychological Association Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.

Durkin, K (2013, November). How do couples evaluate depressive symptoms in the first year of parenting? Poster presented at the Ohio Psychological Association Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.

Sussman, E. (2013, March). Sociocognitive Predictors of Breastfeeding Maintenance Among First Time Mothers. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, New York, NY.

Sullivan, K. (2012, April). Students’ perceived barriers to reporting rape and sexual assault at Denison University. Oral presentation given at the 26th annual Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Westerville, OH.

Feehan, N. (2012, April). With a little help from my friends: A brief bystander intervention for risky alcohol situations. Oral presentation given at the 26th annual Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Westerville, OH.

Fried, R. & Teeters, J. (2012, March). Racial differences in illness perceptions and social responses among dysphoric perinatal women. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Warning, M (2011, May). A review of the relationship among body dissatisfaction, interpersonal patterns, and depressive symptoms in perinatal women. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Sabourin, B. (2011, May). Current status of the psychology-religion gap: Christian religiosity and attitudes toward mental health care. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Moss, A., Russo, C., & Hull, M. (2011, April). Effects of self-awareness on eating behavior in males and females. Oral presentation given at 25th annual Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Gambier, OH.

Pronai, C. (2011, April). The relationship between economic fluctuation and the utilization of mental health services in a public outpatient facility. Oral presentation given at 25th annual Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Gambier, OH.

Franzen, J. (2011, April). Academic contingent self-worth and anticipated post-graduate distress. Oral presentation given at 25th annual Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Gambier, OH.

Cerney, J., Bryant-Lees, K. (2011, April). Does ambiguous relations status predict greater anxiety in imagined romantic relationships? Oral presentation given at 25th annual Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Gambier, OH.

Wang, M., & Grumeretz, S. (2011, April). Effects of music, meditation, and silence on response to an anxiety-provoking task. Oral presentation given at 25th annual Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Gambier, OH.

Sabourin, B. (2010, November). Current status of the psychology-religion gap: Christian religiosity and attitudes toward mental health care. Poster presented at the Ohio Psychological Association Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.

Warning, M (2010, November). A review of the relationship among body dissatisfaction, interpersonal patterns,and depressive symptoms in perinatal women. Poster presented at the Ohio Psychological Association Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.

Pronai, C. (2010, November). A review of the relationship between the economy and mental healthcare utilization. Poster presented at the Ohio Psychological Association Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.

Pucke, E. Sivright, S., & Kaplansky, B. (2010, April). Distinctions within undergraduate student attitudes toward academically-motivated and recreationally-motivated illicit use of prescription stimulants. Oral presentation given at 24th annual Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Columbus, OH.