Dr. Hendricks' primary areas of study involve infrastructure planning and management, environmental planning, and hazard mitigation planning. His specialty interests include stormwater infrastructure resilience, social vulnerability to disaster, environmental justice, sustainable development and participatory action. At the intersection of his work he ensures that low-income and communities of color are planned and accounted for in light of environmental hazards and investigates how the inventory, condition, and distribution of public infrastructures can modify hazard exposures and resulting disaster impacts. More specifically, he studies critical infrastructures at the neighborhood-level, such as water systems, public health facilities, emergency services, and streets, roadways, and rights-of-way. He also studies public works and community facilities, including waste management and debris removal, public schools, libraries, and parks. All through an environmental justice lens with the goal of just and fair opportunities for community resilience.
While at UMD, he recently received a National Academies of Science Gulf Research Program Early-Career Fellowship, participated in a congressional briefing entitled "Addressing the Impact of Climate Change on Public Health and Natural Disasters" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and was quoted for his participation in Scientific American. He has also been featured in public media on the local morning show Get Up DC and Grist Magazine discussing the Ellicott City, MD floods. He is a Faculty Research Affiliate with the Clark School of Engineering's Center for Disaster Resilience and the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation's Environmental Finance Center. Hendricks has worked on research projects related to infrastructure, sustainability, public health and disasters, which have been funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Science Foundation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. He was also awarded a Tier 1 research grant from the University of Maryland’s Division of Research to work on a project entitled, Infrastructure, Urban Flooding and its Influence on Social Vulnerability and Mobility: A Place-based Study in Southeast Washington, D.C., one of seven selected for funding out of 33 applications. His research has been published in several journals including the Journal of the American Planning Association, International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, and Sustainable Cities and Society. He has complementary professional experience from his time working with the Brazos Valley Texas Council of Governments as a public safety planner and with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension at their Emergency Services Training Institute.
Hendricks is a founding fellow of the William Averette Anderson Fund (the first national interdisciplinary organization working to increase the number of underrepresented persons of color in the field of disaster research, practice, and pedagogy) and currently serves as a board member for the Fund. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science and a Master of Public Health, both from Texas A&M University. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Texas.