Cynterria R. Henderson, BS

  • Clinical Research Assistant

Cynterria R. Henderson is the Clinical Research Assistant for the Complex Care Center located at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, before relocating to Pittsburgh, PA in 2013 to pursue her undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh. During this time, Cynterria studied Psychology and became an active member in several collegiate honor societies, including the Pitt Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate scholars. She graduated in 2017 with her Bachelor of Science degree.

Following graduation, Cynterria spent the next two years working full-time as a Patient Care Technician at UPMC Shadyside Hospital where she would become an advocate for the patients under her care. Eventually, once elected as the Head Chair of the Nursing Assistant/Patient Care Technician (NA/PCT) Council, she would become an advocate for her peers as well. As Head Chair of the NA/PCT Council, Cynterria acted as a liaison between the hospital board members and the nursing support staff, providing advocacy and representation until her departure in 2019.

Currently, Cynterria works diligently as the Clinical Research Assistant for a newly established, outpatient clinic called the Complex Care Center (C3). Here, she manages the participant enrollment and recruitment plans for multiple IRB approved studies. She is also responsible for the data collection and analysis for the C3 Research Team. Subsequently, Cynterria conducted the analyses for, and co-authored, several scientific abstracts that were accepted for presentation at a prestigious academic pediatric conference. Similarly, she co-authored an original research manuscript that is currently in revision for publication.

Cynterria will be enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health to pursue her Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences in the Fall of 2020. Here, she hopes to continue her growth as a researcher and follow her passion of improving health disparities and inequities as it relates to race and ethnicity.

Education & Training

  • BS, Psychology, magna cum laude, University of Pittsburgh, 2017

Selected Publications

Yu J, Henderson C, Cook S, Ray K. Health-Related Quality of Life Among Family Caregivers of Children with Medical Complexity is Associated with Care Coordination Support. In revision.

Research Interests

  • Analyzing the impact of geographic proximity on the satisfaction of caregivers with children enrolled in a patient-centered medical home designed to improve health outcomes and reduce unnecessary hospital utilization
  • Identifying and improving health access issues as it pertains to children with disabilities
  • Exploring the health inequities and disparities associated with race and ethnicity, specifically as it relates to fetal and maternal health outcomes