• Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation

Research Summary

My research interests are in the area of behavior management and individuals with disabilities as well as measuring motor skill performance and fitness of individuals with disabilities and determining the effectiveness of interventions to improve motor skills and fitness.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, Utah State University
  • Master of Education, MED, George Mason University
  • Bachelor of Arts, BA, Roanoke College
  • Postdoctoral Master of Science, MS, University of Utah


Hester Henderson is a full professor in the Department of HKR and is the Director of the Special/Adapted Physical Education teacher training program and the U-FIT Program.  She is from Arlington, Virginia.  She has a B.A. from Roanoke College and an M.S. in elementary education from George Mason University.  She taught special education and elementary education in Fairfax, VA for 8 years.  During that time she took a sabbatical and earned a Ph.D. in Special Education from Utah State University.  In 1982 she completed a postdoc Master's degree in Special Physical Education from the University of Utah.  She then taught for one year at Iowa State University before  joining the faculty at the University of Utah in 1983.