Dennis C. Wendt, PhD
McGill University, Montreal (current)
Postdoctoral Fellow (formerly at ADAI)
ORCID: 0000-0001-9652-1182
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Dr. Wendt joined ADAI in August 2015 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Psychology Training in Alcohol Research postdoctoral research program in the UW Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors. He has been located at ADAI during his fellowship period, mentored by Dr. Dennis Donovan, ADAI Director. He has a number of areas of interest relevant to research ongoing at ADAI and in other programs at the UW.

Beginning August 1, 2017, Dr. Wendt will relocate to McGill University in Montreal for a tenure-track faculty position with the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, where he will focus on Indigenous psychology research. He will attempt to join collaborations and form new relationships in working with Indigenous tribes and communities in Quebec concerning issues pertaining to substance use and related problems.

Dr. Wendt will continue to collaborate with ADAI in a community-based participatory research study, working with tribes in Washington state exploring facilitators and barriers for medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders; this study is funded by the NIDA Clinical Trials Network: Knowledge of and Attitudes About Medication Assisted Treatment Within American Indian Communities

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  • PhD, Psychology, University of Michigan (2015)
  • Clinical Internship, Southwest Consortium Doctoral Internship, Albuquerque, NM
  • MS, Psychology, University of Michigan (2011)

Research Interests:

  • Implementation of evidence-based practices for substance use disorder (SUD)
  • Culture and mental health (emphasis on American Indian populations)
  • Mixed-methods study of community SUD and mental health delivery systems

Honors & Awards:

  • Distinguished Dissertation Award in Qualitative Inquiry for 2016 from Division 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods) of the American Psychological Association. The award recognizes distinguished dissertations completed within the past 3 years that address a topic in the field of qualitative inquiry. Dr. Wendt's dissertation was titled A Mixed-Methods Exploration of Group Therapy for Substance Use Disorders.

Updated: August 2015

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