Markus P. Bidell

Associate Professor

Dr. Bidell is a national and international researcher, educator, speaker, and author focusing on LGBTQIA+ affirmative psychotherapy, clinical competence, and public policy. They earned a Doctorate in Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. At the City University of New York Graduate Center, Dr. Bidell is a member of the doctoral faculty within the Clinical Neuropsychology Program and an Associate Professor of Counseling at Hunter College. They have over 25 years of clinical, teaching, and supervisory experience within the mental health field. Dr. Bidell’s scholarship focuses on LGBTQIA+ health disparities with an emphasis on clinical competence, cultural humility, and training. Dr. Bidell was the 2014-2015 Regent’s Fulbright Scholar and one of the first queer scholars awarded a Fulbright entirely focused on LGBTQIA+ issues. Dr. Bidell serves on several editorial boards of social science research journals and was recently appointed to the Consulting Elders Council for the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.


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., Tsimtsiou, Z, & Pagoilias, I (2023). Health Providers’ Attitudes, Knowledge, and Clinical Preparedness to Deliver Quality Healthcare: Psychometric Properties of the Greek Version of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender – Development of Clinical Skills Scale [Manuscript submitted for publication].
  • Habib, L., Shirima, S., Wang, S. Bidell, M., Quinn, G., Radix, A., Eckstrand, K., Warren, B., Loubier, E., Szabo, K., Kamen, C., Pratt-Chapman, M.L. (2023). Development of healthcare professional and patient scales to assess LGBTQI-affirming care: The Queering Individual and Relational Knowledge Scales (QUIRKS). Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship, 14, 81-94
  • Wang, Y., Bidell, M., Schabath, M., Pratt-Chapman, M.L. (2023). The Queering Individual Relational and Knowledge Scales (QUIRKS): Validation of companion measures assessing Lesbian, Gay, Bisesxual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex affirming health care. Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship, 14, 71-80. Retrieved from
  • Pratt-Chapman, M. L Eckstrand, K., Robinson, A., Beach, L. B., Kamen, C., Keuroghlian, A. S., Cook, S., Radix, A., Bidell, M. P., Bruner, D., Margolies, L. (2022). Developing Standards for Cultural Competency Training for Health Care Providers to Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual Persons: Consensus Recommendations from a National Panel. LGBT Health, 9, 340-347.
  • 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. 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. 8369.2017.1321360
  • Costa, P. A. & Bidell, M. P. (2017). Modern families: Parenting desire, intention, and experience among Portuguese lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Journal of Family Issues, 38, 500-521.
  • 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. (2015). Using the Sexual Orientation Counselor Competency Scale (SOCCS) in mental health and healthcare settings: An instructor’s guide. Association of American Medical Colleges MedEdPORTAL.
  • 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. 10.1002/j.2161-1912.2014.00050.x
  • Bidell, M. P. (2014a). Is there an emotional cost to completing high school? Ecological factors and psychological distress among LGBT homeless youth. Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 366-381.
  • Bidell, M. P. (2014b). Personal and professional discord: Examining religious conservatism and lesbian-, gay-, and bisexual-affirmative counselor competence. Journal of Counseling and Development, 92, 170-178.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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). 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. (2011a). 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. (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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (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.
  • Bidell, M. P., Turner, J. A., & Casas, J. M. (2002). First impressions count: Ethnic/racial and lesbian/gay/bisexual content of professional psychology application materials. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 33, 97–103.
  • Bidell, M. P., Furlong, M. J., Dunn, D. M., & Koegler, J. E. (2000). A case study of attempts to enact self-service tobacco display ordinances: A tale of three communities. Tobacco Control, 9, 71–77.
  • International Research Fellowship, 2023. Agency: University of Brighton and University of Verona Title: Developing an International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex (LGBTI+) Clinical Competency Scale for Healthcare Providers
  • 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