Dr. Michael Hendryx is the Research Director for the West Virginia University Institute for Health Policy Research. He has been with the Institute and WVU since September 2006. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at WVU. Michael earned his PhD in Psychology from Northwestern University in 1986, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Methodology at the University of Chicago. He previously served on the faculty at the University of Iowa, and at Washington State University. His research interests focus on social and health disparities, especially in coal mining areas of Appalachia. He has published approximately 75 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. Michael teaches the Health Policy course in the Community Medicine MPH program. firstname.lastname@example.org.