Caroline Henderson is a MSW candidate in the University of Michigan School of Social Work, concentrating on interpersonal practice and mental health. Before beginning her graduate studies, she attended Barnard College where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in human rights and English literature. During her undergraduate education, Caroline became interested in the rights of children with incarcerated parents and began conducting research at alternative-to-incarceration programs. Additionally, she volunteered for youth development programs that support juvenile offenders as well as adolescents who have experienced the loss of a parent due to incarceration.
Caroline’s current research interests include studying the impacts of racial bias on mental health diagnoses, and how these disparities are translated within the unequal state of the U.S. criminal justice system. She also remains interested in working directly with people who are incarcerated and their families, addressing mental health concerns experienced before, during, and after the trauma of incarceration.