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Michael Fendrich, PhD
Michael Fendrich, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor at the UConn School of Social Work. Before coming to UConn in 2014, he was on the faculty of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (UWM) for 9 years and prior to that, on the faculty for 15 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was a tenured full professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Institute for Juvenile Research. While at UWM, Dr. Fendrich served as director of the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Research (CABHR) until stepping down from this role in 2013.Dr. Fendrich has served on numerous NIH federal review panels, has been a mentor to graduate students, post-doctoral students, and junior faculty and taught courses in program evaluation and research methods. He has authored numerous peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and technical reports and has received millions of dollars in extramural funding to support his research.Michael Fendrich earned his Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. He received a post-doctoral M.S. in Biostatistics from Columbia University in 1987. Dr. Fendrich emphasizes quantitative approaches in his research but also values the role of qualitative and mixed methods approaches. His epidemiological research has examined the causes and consequences of substance abuse. He has also been concerned with complex issues associated with the measurement of “sensitive behavior” such as use of illegal drugs, sexual risk behavior, and criminal/delinquent behavior. A number of his publications address the issue of “underreporting” in survey research. In several of his community based studies he has explored the use of biomarkers to validate respondent self-reports. He has also been engaged in research exploring new biomarkers for the detection of heavy alcohol use. His work investigating the associations between drug use and high-risk behavior among Chicago Men Who Have Sex With Men is one of the few such studies to incorporate a household probability sample of gay and bisexual men.
Epidemiology of substance use in the community
Measurement of “Sensitive Behavior”
Understanding the links between substance use and sexual risk behavior among MSM
Design and evaluation of interventions for substance use and related risk behaviors
Recent Grants (Selected)
Wisconsin Distinguished Professorship (2011-2016). Total Funds: $600,000. Source: State of Wisconsin (50%) and Concordia University of Wisconsin (50%).
Evaluation of the Milwaukee County Drug Treatment Court (2012-2015). Total Funds: $195,000. Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Archiving NIDA-Funded Survey Data on High Risk Men (2011-2012). Total Funds $29,000. Source: University of Michigan ICPSR.
Hair Ethyl Glucoronide as a Long Term Alcohol Biomarker (2009-2012). Total funds: $569,000. Source: NIH/NIAAA SBIR (Subcontract with USDTL).
Selected Peer Reviewed Publications (last 5 years)
Berger, L. K., Fendrich, M., Chen, H-Y., Arria, A. M., & Cisler, R. A. (2011). Sociodemographic correlates of energy drink consumption with and without alcohol: Results of a community Survey. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 516-519.
Johnson, TP, Fendrich, M., & Mackesy-Amiti, M.E. (2011). An evaluation of the validity of the Crowne-Marlowe need for approval scale. Quality and Quantity, (Online Access, 8/8/11).
Muriuki, A., Fendrich, M., Pollack, L., & Lippert, A. (2012). Civic participation and risky sexual behavior among urban US men who have sex with men. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 10 (4) 376-394.
Jones, J., Jones, M., Plate, C., Lewis, D., Fendrich, M., Berger, L. & Fuhrmann, D. (2012) Liquid chromatography-tnadem mas spectrometry assay to detect ethyl glucuronide in human fingernail: comparison to hair and gender differences. American Journal of Analytic Chemistry, 3:83-91.
Fendrich M. (2012). Michael Fendrich on Steve Magura’s “failure of intervention or failure of evaluation: A meta-evaluation of the national youth anti-drug media campaign evaluation” thoughts about the need for drug testing in research on drug use.” Substance Use and Misuse, 47:1423-1424.
Fendrich, M., Avci O., Johnson, T.P., & Mackesy-Amiti, M.E. (2013). Depression, substance use and HIV risk in a probability sample of MSM. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 3, 1715-1718.