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Carolyn S. Henry

Henry, Carolyn S.
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Oklahoma State University
Nancy Randolph Davis Building
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74075

University Profile

Program involvement
Family and Community Services Master's Degree - Instructor


Carolyn S. Henry, a professor in human development and family science at Oklahoma State University, emphasizes the integration of theory, research, and practice in her primary areas of scholarship: (a) adolescents and family systems in context, and (b) conceptualizing and applying family resilience.

Her current research focuses on the association of fathers’ and mothers’ parenting and risk in adolescents and emerging adult men's parenting intentions. In addition, Henry’s focus on advancing the conceptualization and applications of family resilience emphasizes the family resilience model, including an emphasis on the understanding of how family adaptive systems (such as emotion, control, meaning, maintenance, and stress response) are central in family resilience processes and outcomes.

Henry’s teaching and research have been recognized for excellence by the Oklahoma State University Regents. She is a Certified Family Life Educator granted by the National Council on Family Relations and a Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to her faculty experience, Henry worked with a community action center and a university counseling center, and she has fostered educational and career success in youth from economically deprived rural areas.


Ph.D. in Home Economics with emphasis in Family Studies, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S. in Child and Family Studies, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S. in Student Personnel and Guidance with emphasis in Counseling, Oklahoma State University
B.S.E. in Social Studies Education, Oklahoma Christian College