Michael Fendrich, Ph.D.
CABHR director and Wisconsin Distinguished professor, HBSSW
Dr. Fendrich is director of the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Research (CABHR) and a Wisconsin Distinguished professor of social work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research focuses on the epidemiology of substance abuse, with particular attention to issues related to the measurement and assessment of risk factors, as well as the correlates and consequences of substance abuse in the community. His work also explores the utility of drug testing in research and treatment contexts. His work has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Justice, among others.
Dr. Fendrich received his doctorate in community psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a post-doctoral master’s degree in biostatistics from Columbia University. Before joining CABHR in 2005, Dr. Fendrich was a professor at the Institute for Juvenile Research in the department of psychiatry at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He served on the UIC faculty for 14 years.
One of Dr. Fendrich’s goals is to collaborate with other scientists and community partners to build substance abuse research in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. He considers the growth and development of CABHR scientists to be central to his mission as director.