Shelly L. Henderson, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Shelly L. Henderson, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor

Clinical Psychologist

Director of Behavioral Health, Family & Community Medicine

To see if Shelly L. Henderson is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Clinical Psychology

Health Psychology

Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-3630

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I believe that all individuals are capable of change and positive growth. My goal is to help people identify their values and make adjustments in their behavior that help them to live in accordance with those values. I offer mindfulness strategies to help mitigate that which is out of our control and cannot be changed. My approach is holistic and aims to connect the mind and body.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Henderson is a clinical health psychologist and offers care to adults with a variety of psychological and health behavior concerns. She provides general psychotherapy using motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness to promote health behavior change and psychological growth.


Family and Community Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Medical Group

Undergraduate School

B.A., UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA 1994

Other School

Ph.D., Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto CA, 2006

Other School

M.A., Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY 2001


Family & Community Medicine, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2006-2007


Family & Community Medicine, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2007-2008

Henderson SL, Ramezani A. Motivational Interviewing. Primary Care Pain Management. Ed. C. DeMesa. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD. 2019.

Henderson SL. Motivational Interviewing. Primary Care Psychiatry, 2nd Edition. Ed. R. McCarron. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD. 2019.

Bennett K, Henderson SL, Nguyen GT, Hyderi A. Access to Care. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Healthcare: A Clinical Guide to Preventative, Primary, and Specialist Care. Eds. J. M. Ehrenfeld, K. Eckstrand. Springer Press. 2016.

Ton H, Henderson SL, Eidson-Ton WS. How to Teach Creatively. The Academic Medicine Handbook: A Guide to Achievement and Fulfillment for Academic Faculty, Ed. L. Weiss Roberts. Springer: New York, NY. 2012.

Palomino A, Leamon M, Henderson SL. Substance Use Disorders – Stimulants and Opioids. Lippincott's Primary Care Psychiatry, Eds. R. McCarron, G. Xiong, and J. Bourgeois. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD. 2009.

Henderson SL, Packman W, Packman S. Psychosocial Aspects of Patients with Niemann-Pick Disease, Type B. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 149A:2430–2436. 2009.

Butler LD, Symons BK, Henderson SL, Shortliffe L, Spiegel D. Hypnosis reduces distress and duration of an invasive medical procedure for children. Pediatrics, 115(1), e77-e85. 2005.