Markus Bidell

Associate Professor of Counseling

Dr. Bidell is an Associate Professor in the graduate Counseling Program at Hunter College and at the CUNY Graduate Center in the Clinical Psychology Program at Queens College. He is a Board Member and former Director of 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. Dr. Bidell also sits on the editorial boards of two peer-reviewed journals, including Sexuality Research and Social Policy and the Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development. Dr. Bidell earned a Master of Arts in Counseling at Sonoma State University and a Doctorate in Combined Psychology (Clinical/Counseling/School) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In New York State, he holds a Permanent Certification in School Counseling and is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Prior to coming to Hunter College in 2007, Dr. Bidell was a faculty member at the CACREP accredited counseling programs at San Francisco State University and the University of New Mexico.


Dr. Bidell has over 20 years of experience as a counselor educator and clinical supervisor. He teaches mental health, school, and rehabilitation counseling students in both applied and clinical courses. Regardless of the type of course or the student’s counseling specialization, his goal is the same–to facilitate the development of students into professional, ethical, mindful, effectual, and multiculturally competent counselors. Being an applied discipline, Dr. Bidell strives to integrate theory with counseling practice. The need to do so is underscored by the formidable counseling environment facing students today–rising caseloads, multifaceted client problems, co-occurring mental disorders, and fiscal constraints for counseling and mental health services. Dr. Bidell’s commitment to teaching, supervising, and mentoring counseling students at Hunter College was the basis for being awarded the New York State Mental Health Counseling Association’s Counselor Educator and Supervisor Award.


Dr. Bidell’s research focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health disparities and clinical competence. He created the Sexual Orientation Counselor Competency Scale (SOCCS; Bidell, 2005), one of the first psychometrically valid and reliable LGB self-assessments for mental health providers and trainees. The SOCCS has been an integral tool in Dr. Bidell’s research and has also been used nationally and internationally as a primary outcome variable in numerous research studies.

Dr. Bidell’s current research includes the exploration of LGBT clinical competence within an interdisciplinary and international context. He was awarded the highly competitive 2014-2015 Regents Fulbright Scholar Award and completed a teaching and research program in the United Kingdom focusing on LGBT clinical competence. During his Fulbright, Dr. Bidell was an invited lecturer and keynote speaker across the UK and EU. He recently developed and published a new interdisciplinary and international healthcare LGBT self-assessment, the LGBT- Clinical Development of Skills Scale. He also co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality that examines LGBT clinical competence, training, and professional ethics. In addition to his focus on LGBT mental health disparities and practitioner cultural competence, Dr. Bidell lectures on and writes about the intersection between mental health research and public policy.

Dr. Bidell is on the boards of the following journals:

  • Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, Editorial Board (1/2018 – Present)
  • Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Editorial Board (3/2013 – Present)
  • Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development, Permeant Member (8/2018 – Present)

Additionally, Dr. Bidell was appointed to the Consulting Elders Circle for Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development, a peer-reviewed journal focused on multicultural interests in counseling and human development.


Bidell, M. P. (in press). The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-Development of Clinical Skills Scale (LGBT-DOCSS): Establishing a new interdisciplinary self-assessment for health providers. Journal of Homosexuality.

Bidell, M. P. & Stepleman, L. M. (in press). An Interdisciplinary Approach to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Clinical Competence, Professional Training, and Ethical Care. Journal of Homosexuality.

Costa, P. A. & Bidell, M. P. (2016). Modern families: Parenting desire, intention, and experience among Portuguese lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Journal of Family Issues. doi: 10.1177/ 0192513X16683985

Bidell, M. P. (2016). Mind our professional gaps: Competent lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender mental health services. Counselling Psychology Review, 31, 67-76.

Bidell, M. P. (2016). Treating transgressors: Mental health providers and LGBT issues. Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology Reflections, 1, 7-10.

Bidell, M. P. (2015). Utilizing the Sexual Orientation Counselor Competency Scale (SOCCS) in mental health and healthcare settings: An instructor’s guide. Association of American Medical Colleges MedEdPORTAL. Available from: doi: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10040

Bidell, M. P. (2014). Are multicultural courses addressing disparities? Exploring multicultural and affirmative lesbian, gay, and bisexual competencies of counseling and psychology students. Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development, 42, 132-146. doi: 10.0000/j.0000-0000.2013.00000.x

Bidell, M. P. (2014). Is there an emotional cost to completing high school? Ecological factors and psychological distress among LGBT homeless youth. Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 366-381. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2013. 842425

Bidell, M. P. (2014). Personal and professional discord: Examining religious conservatism and lesbian-, gay-, and bisexual-affirmative counselor competence. Journal of Counseling and Development, 92, 170-178. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00145.x

Whitman, J. S. & Bidell, M. P. (2014). Affirmative lesbian, gay, and bisexual counselor education and religious beliefs: How do we bridge the gap? Journal of Counseling and Development, 92, 162-169. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00144.x

Bidell, M. P. (2013). Addressing disparities: The impact of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender graduate counselling course. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 13, 300-307. doi: 10.1080/14733145.2012. 741139

Bidell, M. P. & Whitman, J. S. (2013). A review of lesbian, gay, and bisexual affirmative counseling assessments. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, 4, 112-126. doi: 10.1177/2150137 813496423

Bidell, M. P. (2012). Examining school counseling students’ multicultural and sexual orientation competencies through a cross-specialization comparison. Journal of Counseling and Development, 90, 200-207. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-6676.2012.00025.x

Bidell, M. P. & Garfield, A. R. (2012). Networking in New York State schools: Supporting gay-straight alliances. New York State School Counseling Journal, 9(1), 27-34.

Bidell, M. P. (2011). School counselors and social justice advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students. Journal of School Counseling, 9(10), p. 1-22. Retrieved from

Bidell, M. P. (2011). Gay-straight alliances and school counselors: Social justice advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. New York State School Counseling Journal, 8(1), 9-15.

Bidell, M. P. (2010). Can nature heal? The impact of adventure based counseling for gay/bisexual men living with HIV/AIDS. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, 1, 68-79. doi: 10.1177/2150137810367801

Bidell, M. P., & Deacon, R. E. (2010). School counselors connecting the dots between disruptive classroom behavior and youth self-concept. Journal of School Counseling, 8(9), p. 1-30. Retrieved from

Bidell, M. P., Ragen, J. K., Broach, C. & Carillo, E. (2007). First impressions: A multicultural content analysis of professional psychology program Web sites. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 1, 204–214. doi: 10.1037/1931-3918.1.3.204

Bidell, M. P., Turner, J. A., & Casas, J. M. (2006). First impressions count: Ethnic/racial and lesbian/gay/bisexual content of professional psychology application materials. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 1, 204–214. doi: 10.1037/1931-3918.s.2.112 (Reprinted from Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 33, 97–103, 2002)

Bidell, M. P. (2005). The Sexual Orientation Counselor Competency Scale: Assessing attitudes, skills, and knowledge of counselors working with Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual clients. Counselor Education and Supervision Journal, 44. 267–279. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6978.2005.tb01755.

Bidell, M. P. (2017). The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender – Development of Clinical Skills Scale (LGBT-DOCSS): Establishing a new interdisciplinary self-assessment for health providers. Journal of Homosexuality, 64, 1432-1460. doi: 10.1080/00918369. 2017.1321389 Bidell, M. P. & Stepleman, L. M. (2017). An interdisciplinary approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clinical competence, professional training, and ethical care: Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Homosexuality, 64, 1305-1329. doi: 10.1080/00918369. 2017.1321360


Presidential Fund for Faculty Advancement, 2016 Agency: Hunter College Presidential Grant Competition Proposal Title: The Development & Psychometric Validation of LGBT Clinical Competency Scales for Primary Health and Mental Health Providers

Regent’s University Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences Research Fund Award, January 2015 Agency: Regent’s University Proposal Title: Proposal: Investigating LGBT education and counselling competency within the United Kingdom Fulbright Scholar Inter-Country Lecture Programe Award, 2015 Organization: Portugal

Fulbright Commission Description: Selected and funded to give an invited address at ISPA – University Institute, Lisbon, Portugal

European Union Brussels & Luxembourg Summit Seminar Representative Award, 2015 Organization: EU Fulbright Commission & Commission for Educational Exchange (US, Belgium, & Luxembourg) Description: Selected by US/UK Fulbright Commission as representative to the EU Brussels & Luxembourg Summit

Regent’s University Fulbright Scholar Award, 2014-2015 Organization: J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Description: The Regent’s Award is an All Discipline Award with applications sought from all academic disciplines Title: The Nexus of Social Science, Education, and Public Policy – Redressing International LGBT Psychosocial Inequalities and Mental Health Disparities