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Michael Hendricks
BornMichael Lawrence Hendricks
Michigan, U.S.
ResidenceWashington, D.C., U.S.
Alma mater

Michael Lawrence Hendricks is an American psychologist, suicidologist, and an advocate for the LGBT community. He has worked in private practice as a partner at the Washington Psychological Center, P.C. since 1999. Hendricks is an adjunct professor of clinical psychopharmacology and has taught at Argosy University, Howard University, and Catholic University of America. He is an Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Hendricks was raised in a small conservative town in Western Michigan. He remarked that he spend much of his early life in a state of "quasi-shame" and in "a stealth existence" due to being gay. Hendricks attended Michigan State University as a premed student before switching from medicine to a degree in social psychology. Hendricks later found that while the majority of social scientists worked in academia, he preferred clinical work under the Boulder model.[1] He completed a master's thesis focused on HIV. Hendricks earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from American University.[2] His dissertation, published in 1993, is titled The occurrence of suicidal ideation over the course of HIV infection in gay men: A cross-sectional study. His doctoral advisor was Alan Berman.[3]

Career[edit | edit source]

At the beginning of his career in the mid-1990s, Hendricks was influenced by the HIV/AIDS crisis to address LGBT issues.[1] He is a clinician and researcher and has investigated depression, suicide, substance abuse, compulsive behaviors, HIV, and gender diversity issues at the National Cancer Institute, Georgetown University Medical Center, and Virginia Commonwealth University.[2] Since 1999, he has worked as a partner at the Washington Psychological Center, P.C. He has worked in various facilities including Spring Grove Hospital Center and Whitman-Walker Health. He was a Chief Psychologist at Umoja Methadone treatment Center.[2] He is board certified in clinical psychology from by the American Board of Professional Psychology.[4]

Hendricks is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.[4] He was the chair of the Research Committee of the Virginia HIV Community Planning Committee for 11 years.[2] Hendricks is a representative and past president of Division 44, which is the APA's Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.[1] He is an adjunct professor in clinical psychopharmacology at Argosy University, Howard University, and Catholic University of America.[2] In 2012, he worked with Rylan Testa to apply Ilan Meyer's Minority stress model to transgender people.[1] He was awarded an APA Presidential Citation.[4]

Hendricks is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, American Psychology–Law Society, and the American Association of Suicidology.[2]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Hendricks had a "stealth" lifestyle as a gay man while living in a small town in Michigan. He is currently "very out."[1]

Selected works[edit | edit source]

  • Hendricks, Michael L.; Testa, Rylan J. (2012). "A conceptual framework for clinical work with transgender and gender nonconforming clients: An adaptation of the Minority Stress Model". Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 43 (5): 460–467.
  • Testa, Rylan J.; Sciacca, Laura M.; Wang, Florence; Hendricks, Michael L.; Goldblum, Peter; Bradford, Judith; Bongar, Bruce (2012). "Effects of violence on transgender people". Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 43 (5): 452–459.
  • Goldblum, Peter; Testa, Rylan J.; Pflum, Samantha; Hendricks, Michael L.; Bradford, Judith; Bongar, Bruce (2012). "The relationship between gender-based victimization and suicide attempts in transgender people". Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 43 (5): 468–475.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 O'Hara, Delia (2016-12-20). "Michael Hendricks Uses Research to Advocate for LGBT Community". APA PsycIQ. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Michael L. Hendricks, Ph.D., ABPP". Washington Psychological Center, P.C. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  3. Hendricks, Michael Lawrence (1993). The occurrence of suicidal ideation over the course of HIV infection in gay men: a cross-sectional study (Thesis).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Kauth, Michael R.; Shipherd, Jillian C. (2017-10-12). Adult Transgender Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Training Mental Health Professionals. Routledge. ISBN 9781315390482.


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