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Markus Bidell
Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Phone: (212)772-4714
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Combined Applied Psychology (Counseling/Clinical/School) University of California, Santa Barbara
Training Area: Clinical Psychology @ Queens College
Research Interests: LGBT/Multicultural Clinical Competence; Professional Training; Healthcare Competency Scale Development; and, Health Disparities
I am an applied psychologist with over 20 years of experience training mental health clinicians. My research focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health disparities and clinical competence. I created the Sexual Orientation Counselor Competency Scale (SOCCS), a valid and reliable assessment of counselors’ attitudinal awareness, skill, and knowledge regarding LGB clients. The SOCCS has been an integral tool in my research and been utilized extensively by other researchers as an outcome measure. My current interests include the exploration of LGBT clinical competence within an interdisciplinary and international context. I was awarded the 2014-2015 Regents Fulbright Scholar Award and completed a teaching and research program in the United Kingdom focusing on LGBT clinical competence. My Fulbright culminated in the development of a new interdisciplinary and international assessment, the LGBT- Clinical Development of Skills Scale. I recently co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality examining LGBT clinical competence, training, and professional ethics. In addition, to my focus on LGBT mental health disparities and practitioner cultural competence, I lecture on and write about the intersections between mental health, psychology, and public policy. In addition, I sit on the editorial boards of two peer-reviewed journals (Sexuality Research and Social Policy and Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development). I am also a Board Member at Hunter’s LGBT Social Science and Public Policy Center; a Faculty Associate at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College; and, a Founding Member & International Scientific Committee Member for the International Academy of LGBT Psychology and Related Fields.