Jillian Henderson, PhD, MPH, is a health services researcher with an interest in the role that policy and clinical recommendations play in shaping public health and health care in domestic and global contexts. Her primary aim is to improve the quality and effectiveness of preventive health care.
At the Center for Health Research, Dr. Henderson leads and co-leads systematic reviews on women’s preventive health topics—including cervical cancer screening, routine pelvic examinations, ovarian cancer screening, preeclampsia prevention and screening, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections—for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. She also serves as a methodologist for the Cochrane Fertility Regulation Group and as an expert advisor for public health agencies, and she collaborates with clinicians and social scientists, contributing expertise in clinical research, survey design and analysis, and systematic review methodology.
Before joining CHR, Dr. Henderson completed a postdoctoral fellowship and was an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She led and collaborated on national and international studies on the safety and quality of family planning services and on the implementation of national guidelines for preventive screening. While at UCSF, she collaborated on projects with clinicians and social scientists to assess the effects of shifting clinical guidelines and health policy in the United States, collecting novel data or analyzing databases from the National Center for Health Statistics . She also evaluated health interventions for improving reproductive health across the life span to address risks associated with pregnancy and childbearing, improve contraceptive care, prevent sexually transmitted infections, and screen for cancers of the reproductive tract.
Dr. Henderson earned her PhD in health services research and MPH in epidemiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her BS in biology from the University of Oregon.
Selected Current Studies
- Systematic Evidence Reviews to Support the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Preeclampsia Screening, Screening for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria, Screening for Ovarian Cancer, Screening for Hepatitis B Infection in Pregnancy (AHRQ)
- Ongoing Technical Support to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (AHRQ)
- Scientific and Editorial Support to Cochrane Fertility Regulation Group (Oregon Health & Science University)
- Henderson JT, Webber EM, Sawaya GF. Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Updated Evidence Report and Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA 2018 Feb 13;319(6):595-606. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.21421. PMID:29450530
- Dehlendorf C, Henderson JT, Vittinghoff E, Steinauer J, Hessler D. Development of a patient-reported measure of the interpersonal quality of family planning care. Contraception. 2018 Jan;97(1):34-40. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2017.09.005. Epub 2017 Sep 18. PMID:28935217
- Henderson JT, Thompson JH, Burda BU, Cantor A. Preeclampsia Screening: Evidence Report and Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2017 Apr 25;317(16):1668-1683. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.18315. PMID:28444285
- Guirguis-Blake JM, Henderson JT, Perdue LA. Periodic Screening Pelvic Examination: Evidence Report and Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2017 Mar 7;317(9):954-966. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.12819. PMID 28267861
- Patnode CD, Henderson JT, Thompson JH, Senger CA, Fortmann SP, Whitlock EP. Behavioral Counseling and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women: A Review of Reviews for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Oct 163(8):608-21. [PMID: 26389650]
- Henderson JT, Whitlock EP, O'Connor E, Senger CA, Thompson JH, Rowland MG. Low-Dose Aspirin for Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality from Preeclampsia: A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Apr 8. [PMID: 24711050]
- Henderson JT, Harper CC, Gutin S, Saraiya M, Chapman J, Sawaya GF. Routine bimanual pelvic examinations: Practices and beliefs of US obstetrician-gynecologists. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 208(2):109, 2013. [PMID: 23159688]
- Henderson JT, Saraiya M, Martinez G, Harper CC, Sawaya G. Changes to cervical cancer prevention guidelines: Effects on screening among women ages 15-29. Preventive Medicine 56(1):25-9, 2013. [PMID:23137444]
- Henderson JT, Puri M, Blum M, Rana A, Malla, K, Harper CC, Gurung G, Pradhan N, Sharma S, Satyal I, Bajracharya L, Regmi K, Acharya S, Grossman D, Lamichhane P, Darney PD. Effects of abortion legalization in Nepal, 2001-2010. PLoS One 2013; 8(5):e64775. [doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064775]
- Henderson JT, Sawaya GF, Blum M, Stratton L, Harper CC. Pelvic examinations and access to oral hormonal contraception: Results from a national survey. Obstetrics & Gynecology 116(6):1257-64, 2010.
- Henderson JT, Raine T, Schalet A, Blum M, Harper CC. ‘I wouldn’t be this firm if I didn’t care’: Prevention counseling in reproductive health care. Patient Education & Counseling 82(2):254-9, 2010.
- Henderson JT, Weisman CS. A life stage perspective on women's provider use patterns and satisfaction with primary care. Medical Care 43(8):826-833, 2005.
- Harvey SM, Henderson JT, Bird ST, Beckman LJ, Casillas A, Mendez L, Cervantes R. A randomized study of a pregnancy and disease prevention intervention for Hispanic couples. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 36(4):162-169, 2004.