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Dr. Marvin K. Hendon , Ph.D. , Principal

A native of Miami, Dr. Marvin K. Hendon is a graduate of Dade County schools. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1977. In 1982, he received a master's degree in counseling psychology, with a thesis on "The Effectiveness of Field Experience on Vocational Maturity and Reducing Career Indecision in Undergraduate Students". The University of Florida produced its youngest Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1985, when he earned his degree. His dissertation investigated "Evaluative Research on the Holistic Approach to Care and Treatment of the Terminally Ill."

His awards include the Board of Regents Minority Scholarship , the Graduate Professional Opportunities Fellowship , the Graduate Minority Fellowship and Who's Who in the Health Care Profession. His research experience covers a spectrum, from conducting laboratory studies on the effects of L-Dopa on the treatment of Parkinson's Disease to the design and organization of data for evaluative research on the emotional responses of terminally ill patients.

Dr. Hendon's teaching experience began at the university, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant. Upon relocating to Sarasota, in 1985, he accepted a position as adjunct professor at the then Manatee Community College. In 1986, he joined the faculty at the Westcoast School, where he taught introduction to psychology and abnormal psychology.

His clinical experience in Sarasota began in 1986 at PsyLab Psychological Services, where he performed psychological, intellectual and vocational assessments, and family and group therapy. Several months later, he opened a private practice, where he serve clients in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. During that time, Dr. Hendon served as consultant to the Florida Department of Labor and Employment, the Child Protection Center and several nursing homes.

His service to the Westcoast School led to an appointment to the School Board, and laterto the position of assistant principal. In Fall of 2000, he became the first principal to serve after the founder.

A sought-after presenter, his expertise has been requested in a variety of venues, including presentations to the Sarasota County Commission on the Status of Children. He has been a guest on several local television programs. His workshops and presentations have included topics such as Coping with Stress, Emotional Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect, Psycho-social Needs of the Elderly, and Insight into Interpersonal Communication and its Relationship to Mental Health Stress Management.

Dr. Hendon embarked on a career with Health South, in 1998. His position as Clinical Psychologist has afforded opportunities to work with a variety of patients in the areas of rehabilitation. He is married to Deborah Faye, and they have two children: Diesi and Marvin II.



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