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Dennis C. Wendt

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

Dennis C. Wendt
Contact Information
Address: 

Office: Education Building, Room 548

Mail: Education Building, Room 614

3700 McTavish Street

Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

Email address: 
dennis.wendt [at] mcgill.ca
Phone: 
(514) 398-4902
Fax number: 
(514) 398-6968
Department: 
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
Biography: 

Dennis C. Wendt is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University, and the Director of the Cultural and Indigenous Research in Counselling Psychology (CIRC) lab. He also is an Associate Member of the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University.

For the past 10 years, Dr. Wendt has collaborated with Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States in exploring, developing, and evaluating culturally relevant interventions pertaining to mental health, substance use, and community wellness. He is also interested in evidence-based practice considerations for substance use disorders, as well as philosophical aspects of clinical psychology and research methods. Current research projects include (a) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on substance use disorder treatment for Indigenous communities, (b) Indigenous perspectives on medications for opioid use disorder, (c) social belonging and cultural identity among Indigenous university students, (d) Indigenous-specific resources for school and counselling psychologists, and (e) cultural safety and social justice considerations for clinical and counselling psychology.

The author of over 35 scholarly publications, Dr. Wendt is the recipient of the 2017 Sigmund Koch Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, as well as the 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award in Qualitative Inquiry from the APA Division of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. His current research is funded by the the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Quebec-Atlantic Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM), and the McGill Faculty of Education. He collaborates with researchers from Harvard University, University of Washington, University of New Mexico, Université de Montréal, University of Calgary, Dalhousie University, Concordia University, University of New Brunswick, and Lakehead University, as well as with nine First Nations or Indigenous organizations in Canada and two American Indian Tribes.

Dr. Wendt is affiliated with the Cultural and Mental Health Research Unit at the Jewish General Hospital, the Indigenous Working Group of the Quebec-Atlantic Node of CRISM, the Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (NAMHR), the American Indian/Alaska Native Special Interest Group of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network, and the Task Force on Indigenous Psychology of the Society for Humanistic Psychology. He is also the leader and co-founder of the Clinical/Counseling Psychology Special Interest Group for the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. He is on the Editorial Board of The Counseling Psychologist and the Canadian Journal of School Psychology.

Dr. Wendt completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2015, including an APA-accredited internship at the Southwest Consortium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This was followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Wendt is originally from southeast Idaho in the USA, near Grand Teton National Park. A newcomer to Canada, he lives in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood of Montreal with his wife and two French-learning children. 

Prospective students:

Dr. Wendt may potentially supervise new MA/PhD students in Counselling Psychology for the 2021-2022 academic year. Strong priority is given to those who have experience working with or living among Indigenous communities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for provincial or federal fellowships for the 2021-2022 year, if possible (see https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students ).

If you are Indigenous and/or already have an ongoing professional relationship with an Indigenous community or organization, then in addition to submitting an application please contact Dr. Wendt via email in advance at dennis.wendt [at] mcgill.ca (include a copy of your resume or CV). Otherwise, simply complete the application process with the Department and your application will be considered. Prospective students are welcome to email Dr. Wendt with questions pertaining to his supervision, but please note that he is unable to meet prior to the application due date.

Degree(s): 

PhD, University of Michigan: Clinical Psychology

MS, University of Michigan: Clinical Psychology

BS, Brigham Young University: Psychology (Philosophy minor)

Areas of expertise: 
  • Indigenous mental health and substance use
  • Substance use disorder treatment
  • Evidence-based practice implementation
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Culture and spirituality
  • Qualitative research methods
Office: 
548 Education Building
Office hours: 

By appointment.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Awards

(2017) Sigmund Koch Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, American Psychological Association

(2016) Outstanding Paper Award, The Counseling Psychologist, Sage Publications

(2016) Distinguished Dissertation in Qualitative Inquiry, Division of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, American Psychological Association

Active Grants (Principal Applicant)

(2020-2021) Research Development Program, Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM), Quebec-Atlantic Node: Development of research protocol to understand best practices for treating opioid-agonist patients in a First Nation in Nova Scotia.

(2020-2021) Grant Submission Support Funds, Faculty of Education, McGill University: Cultural identities of Indigenous postsecondary students: Diversity and support.

(2020-2021) Social Innovation Fund Award, Faculty of Education, McGill University: Development of a Faculty of Education network to facilitate Indigenous research sponsorship.

(2020) Award for Research Initiative, Faculty of Education, McGill University: Indigenous research in counselling and school/applied child psychology.

Active Grants (Co-Applicant)

(2020-2025) Network Catalyst Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (PI: Jai Shah): Towards a pan-Canadian network for integrating research-evaluation and knowledge translation in youth mental health services.

(2020-2023) Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (PI: Nathan Hall): Motivation, emotion regulation, and well-being in post-secondary faculty.

(2018-2023) Project Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): (PI: Roisin O'Connor & Christopher Mushquash): Developing a culture-specific model of resilience against substance use among on-reserve Indigenous youth in Canada.

(2017-2020) Concept Grant, National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, National Institute on Drug Abuse, U.S. National Institutes of Health (PI: Sandra Radin): Knowledge of and attitudes about medication assisted treatment within American Indian communities.

Fellowships

(2015-2017) Postdoctoral Fellowship, Psychology Training in Alcohol Research (U.S. National Institutes of Health T32 AA007455), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine

(2012-2014) Predoctoral Fellowship, Substance Abuse Interdisciplinary Training Program (U.S. National Institutes of Health T32 DA007267), University of Michigan

Graduate supervision: 

Counselling Psychology; can also supervise students from other areas who are interested in conducting research with Indigenous communities.

Prospective students:

Dr. Wendt may potentially supervise new MA/PhD students in Counselling Psychology for the 2021-2022 academic year. Strong priority is given to those who have experience working with or living among Indigenous communities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for provincial or federal fellowships for the 2021-2022 year, if possible (see https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students ).

If you are Indigenous and/or already have an ongoing professional relationship with an Indigenous community or organization, then in addition to submitting an application please contact Dr. Wendt via email in advance at dennis.wendt [at] mcgill.ca (include a copy of your resume or CV). Otherwise, simply complete the application process with the Department and your application will be considered. Prospective students are welcome to email Dr. Wendt with questions pertaining to his supervision, but please note that he is unable to meet prior to the application due date.

Selected publications: 

INDIGENOUS MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE

Gone, J. P., Hartmann, W. E., Pomerville, A., Wendt, D. C., Klem, S. H., & Burrage, R. L. (2019). The impact of historical trauma on health outcomes for Indigenous populations in the USA and Canada: A systematic review. American Psychologist, 74(1), 20–35. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000338

Hartmann, W. E., Wendt, D. C., Burrage, R. L., Pomerville, A., & Gone, J. P. (2019). American Indian historical trauma: Anticolonial prescriptions for healing, resilience, and survivance. American Psychologist, 74(1), 6–19. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000326

Wendt, D. C. (2019, December). “Careful the tale you tell”: Indigenous Peoples and alcohol use problems. Psynopsis (Magazine of the Canadian Psychological Association), 41(3), pp. 11, 13. https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Psynopsis/2019/Psynopsis_Vol41-3.pdf

Wendt, D. C., Hartmann, W. E., Allen, J. A., Burack, J. A., Charles, B., D’Amico, E., Dell, C. A., Dickerson, D. L., Donovan, D. M., Gone, J. P., O’Connor, R. M., Radin, S. M., Rasmus, S. R., Venner, K. L., & Walls, M. L. (2019). Substance use research with Indigenous communities: Exploring and extending foundational principles of community psychology. American Psychologist, 74(1), 20–35. American Journal of Community Psychology, 64(1–2), 146–158. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12363

Venner, K. L., Donovan, D. M., Campbell, A. N. C., Wendt, D. C., Rieckmann, T., Radin, S., Momper, S. L., & Rosa, C. L. (2018). Future directions for medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder with American Indians/Alaska Natives. Addictive Behaviors, 86, 111–117. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.05.017

Serafini, K., Donovan, D. M., Wendt, D. C., Matsumiya, B., & McCarty, C. A. (2017). A comparison of early adolescent behavioral health risks among urban American Indians/Alaska Natives and their peers. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 24(2), 1–17. https://doi.org/10.5820/aian.2402.2017.1

Wendt, D. C., Collins, S. E., Nelson, L. A., Serafini, K., Clifasefi, S. L., & Donovan, D. M. (2017). Religious and spiritual practices among homeless urban American Indians and Alaska Natives with severe alcohol problems. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 24(3), 39–62. https://doi.org/10.5820/aian.2403.2017.39

Wendt, D. C., & Gone. J. P. (2016). Integrating professional and Indigenous therapies: An urban American Indian narrative clinical case study. The Counseling Psychologist, 44(5), 695–729. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000016638741

Hartmann, W. E., Wendt, D. C., Saftner, M. A., Marcus, J., & Momper, S. L. (2014). Advancing community-based research with urban American Indian populations: Multidisciplinary perspectives. American Journal of Community Psychology, 54(1–2), 72–80. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10464-014-9643-5

Wendt, D. C., & Gone, J. P. (2012). Decolonizing psychological inquiry in American Indian communities: The promise of qualitative methods. In D. K. Nagata, L. Kohn-Wood, & L. Suzuki (Eds.), Qualitative strategies for ethnocultural research (pp. 161-178). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/13742-009

Wendt, D. C., & Gone, J. P. (2012). Rethinking cultural competence: Insights from indigenous community treatment settings. Transcultural Psychiatry, 49(2), 206–222. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363461511425622

Wendt, D. C., & Gone, J. P. (2012). Urban-indigenous therapeutic landscapes: A case study of an urban American Indian health organization. Health and Place, 18(5), 1025–1033. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.06.004

SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT AND RECOVERY

Wendt, D. C., & Gone. J. P. (2018). Complexities with group therapy facilitation in substance use disorder specialty treatment settings. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 88, 9–17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2018.02.002

Wendt, D. C., & Gone. J. P. (2018). Group psychotherapy in specialty clinics for substance use disorder treatment: The challenge of ethnoracially diverse clients. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 68(4), 608–628. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207284.2018.1442225

Serafini, K., Stewart, D. G., Wendt, D. C., & Donovan, D. M. (2018). Perceived parental support and adolescent motivation for substance use change: A preliminary investigation. Addiction Research and Theory, 26(3), 187–192. https://doi.org/10.1080/16066359.2017.1342819

Wendt, D. C., & Gone. J. P. (2017). Group therapy for substance use disorders: A survey of clinician practices. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 12(4), 243–259. https://doi.org/10.1080/1556035X.2017.1348280

Wendt, D. C., Hallgren, K. A., Daley, D. C., & Donovan, D. M. (2017). Predictors and outcomes of twelve-step sponsorship of stimulant users: Secondary analyses of a multisite randomized clinical trial. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(2), 287–295. https://doi.org/10.15288/jsad.2017.78.287

CULTURE AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

Wendt, D. C., Gone, J. P., & Nagata, D. K. (2015). Potentially harmful therapy and multicultural counseling: Bridging two disciplinary discourses. The Counseling Psychologist, 43(3), 334–358. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000014548280

Wendt, D. C., Gone, J. P., & Nagata, D. K. (2015). Potentially harmful therapy and multicultural counseling: Extending the conversation. The Counseling Psychologist, 43(3), 393–403. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000015576801

Christopher, J. C., Wendt, D. C., Marecek, J., & Goodman, D. M. (2014). Critical cultural awareness: Contributions to a globalizing psychology. American Psychologist, 69(7), 645–655. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0036851

Wendt, D. C., & Slife, B. D. (2007). Is evidence-based practice diverse enough? Philosophy of science considerations. American Psychologist, 62(6), 613–614. https://doi.org/10.1037/0003-066X62.6.613

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