Dennis C. Wendt

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

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: 

Dr. Dennis C. Wendt is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. He 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's research focuses on partnering with Indigenous communities 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. Clinically, Dr. Wendt has an integrative theoretical orientation -combining the best available research with a humanistic interpersonal style and a sociocultural lens. He has received specialized training and experience in motivational interviewing and group psychotherapy.

Dr. Wendt is from southeast Idaho in the USA, near Yellowstone 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 for the 2019-2020 academic year. Strong priority is given to those who have experience working with or living among Indigenous communities. Indigenous individuals are especially encouraged to apply, as are individuals with an ongoing professional relationship with an Indigenous community. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for provincial or federal fellowships for the 2019-2020 year, if possible (see https://mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students ).

If you (a) are Indigenous or have an ongoing professional relationship with an Indigenous community, and (b) wish to apply for a research fellowship under Dr. Wendt's supervision for the 2019-2020 year, then please contact him ASAP via email 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)

Area of expertise: 
  • Participatory research with Indigenous communities to develop, implement, and evaluate culturally-relevant mental health and substance-use interventions
  • 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: 

Grants

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

(2018-2019) PI, Social Sciences and Humanities Developmental Grant, Office of Sponsored Research, McGill University: Indigenous postsecondary students' social inclusion and belonging.

(2017-2019) Co-investigator, Concept Grant, CTN-0078-Ot (PI: Sandra Radin), National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, USA: 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

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 PsychologistSage Publications

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

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 for the 2019-2020 academic year. Strong priority is given to those who have experience working with or living among Indigenous communities. Indigenous individuals are especially encouraged to apply, as are individuals with an ongoing professional relationship with an Indigenous community. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for provincial or federal fellowships for the 2019-2020 year, if possible (see https://mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students ).

If you (a) are Indigenous or have an ongoing professional relationship with an Indigenous community, and (b) wish to apply for a research fellowship under Dr. Wendt's supervision for the 2019-2020 year, then please contact him ASAP via email 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

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. doi: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. doi: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. doi: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, 695-729.doi: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, 72-80.doi: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.

Wendt, D. C., & Gone, J. P. (2012). Rethinking cultural competence: Insights from indigenous community treatment settings. Transcultural Psychiatry, 49, 206-222.doi: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, 1025-1033.doi: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. doi: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. Advance online publication. doi: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, 187-192. doi: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, 243-259. doi: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, 287-295. doi: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, 334-358.  doi: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, 393-403. doi: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, 645-655. doi:10.1037/a0036851

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