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Dennis Wendt

Ph.D. Candidate University of MichiganDepartment of Psychology
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Biographical Info

Dennis Wendt is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Psychology (Clinical area) at the University of Michigan, and a predoctoral fellow through the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center (funded through a NIDA training grant). His advisor is Joseph Gone. Dennis is a mixed methods researcher with interdisciplinary interests in exploring psychosocial services for substance use and mental health problems. His primary research interests pertain to evidence-based practice and culturally-centered treatment concerns. For his dissertation, he is studying (through interviews, surveys, and ethnographic observation) what substance abuse treatment clinicians in the United States do in the context of group therapy (the predominant modality of psychosocial substance abuse treatment), and how these practices square with evidence-based treatment concerns. In July 2014 he begins a one-year clinical internship through the Albuquerque VA and Indian Health Service, which will complete his doctoral training. In the future, he hopes to continue with ethnographic projects that profile exemplar treatment settings, especially settings that service American Indian clients and utilize motivational interviewing.
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