Andrea K. Henderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Carolina.  Her research examines the influence of religious involvement on health and family life, with a strong emphasis on the implications of religious beliefs and practices among Black Americans.  An important aspect of her research examines how religious involvement protects against a variety of life stressors, particularly racialized stress.  To address this line of inquiry her work uses both quantitative and qualitative approaches, and takes an interdisciplinary focus incorporating perspectives from critical theory, social psychology, history, and public health.  Her work has been published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Religion and Health, and Journal of Family Issues.