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Michael FendrichMichael Fendrich, Ph.D.


Wisconsin Distinguished Professor
Professor of Social Work

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (Community Psychology)
M.S., Columbia University School of Public Health  (Biostatistics)

B.A., Haverford College (Sociology and Anthropology)

Email: fendrich@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-6749
Room: 1191 Enderis Hall

Professional Interests

  • 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

Michael Fendrich earned his Ph.D. in 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.

Before coming to UWM in 2005, he was 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.   Dr. Fendrich joined the UWM social work faculty in 2005, serving as director of the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Research (CABHR; formerly Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research) until stepping down from this role in 2013.   He was part of UWM’s Zilber School of Public Health Planning team and served on the newly formed school’s augmented faculty until 2012.  Dr. Fendrich has served on numerous NIH federal review panels, has been a mentor to graduate students, post-doctoral students, and junior faculty and teaches courses in program evaluation and research methods.  As Wisconsin Distinguished Professor, he develops collaborative research and academic programs focused on substance use and related behavioral health issues with the Concordia University School of Pharmacy.  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.

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).

Upper Great Lakes Tribes’ Methamphetamine Project (2008-2009).  Total funds:  $30,000. Source: NIH/NIDA.

Secondary Analysis of Substance Use in Men (2006-2009).  Total funds $600,000.  Source: NIH/NIDA.

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications (last 5 years)

Fendrich, M., Mackesy-Amiti, M.E., & Johnson, T.P. (2008)  Validity of self-reported substance use in men who have sex with men: Comparisons with a general population sample. Annals of Epidemiology, 18(10), 752-759.

Fendrich, M., Smith, E.V., Pollack, L.M., & Mackesy-Amiti, M.E. (2009). Measuring Sexual Risk for HIV-A Rasch Scaling Approach.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38(6), 922-935.

Mackesy-Amiti, M.E., Fendrich, M., & Johnson, T.P. (2009).  Substance-related problems and treatment among MSM and other Men in Chicago.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 36, 227-233.

Linsk, N., Mason, S., Fendrich, M., Bass, M., Prubhughate, P, & Brown, A. (2009).  “No matter what I do they still want their family” : stressors for African American grandparents and other relatives.  Journal of Family Social Work, 12, 25-43.

Richman, J., Shannon, C.A., Rospenda, K., Flaherty, J., & Fendrich, M. (2009).  The relationship between terrorism & distress and drinking:  Two years after September 11, 2001.  Substance Use and Misuse, 44, 1665-1680.

Johnson, T.P., Fendrich, M. (2009). Substance use under conditions of uncertainty and trauma: An introduction. Substance Use and Misuse, 44, 1661-1664.

Mason, S., Berger, B., Ferrans, C., Sultzman, V., & Fendrich, M.  (2010).   Developing a measure of stigma-by-association with African American adolescents whose mothers have HIV.   Research on Social Work Practice, 20, 65-73.

Fendrich, M., Mackesy-Amiti, M.E., Johnson, T.P., & Pollack, L.M. (2010) Sexual risk behavior and drug use in two Chicago samples of men who have sex with men: 1997 vs. 2002.  Journal of Urban Health, 87(3), 452-466.     

Avci, O. & Fendrich, M. (2010).  Student drinking-related problems on an urban campus:  Implications for research and prevention.  Journal of American College Health, 58(6), 545-554.

Mackesy-Amiti, M.E., Fendrich, M., & Johnson, T.P. (2010).  Symptoms of substance dependence and risky sexual behavior in a probability sample of HIV negative men who have sex with men in Chicago.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 110, 38-43.

Johnson, T.P., Fendrich, M., & Mackesy-Amiti, M.E. (2010). Computer Literacy and the Accuracy of Substance Use Reporting in an ACASI Survey. Social Science Computer Review. 28(4), 515-523.

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.

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