Maximilian E. Fuentes Fuhrmann received his B.A. in psychology in 1981, M.A. and Ph.D. from the renowned clinical-aging psychology program in 1984 and 1988, all from the University of Southern California. He was also one of the first to obtain a certificate in gender studies from the Study of Women and Men in Society (SWMS) program at USC, in 1981. He currently holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the USC School of Social Work and supervises doctoral students in the clinical-aging psychology program also at USC. Since 1992, he has primarily worked as a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in geriatrics and GLBT concerns with offices in Westlake Village and Beverly Hills. He has provided over 150 mandatory educational trainings in gerontological issues to licensed psychotherapists and graduate students. He is certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in geropsychology.
Since 2004, he has provided trainings for individuals working for Los Angeles County Youth and Family Services at the USC Center on Child Welfare as part time adjunct faculty through USC School of Social Work. The emphasis of these presentations has been on how to evaluate grandparents’ ability to become or maintain status as legal guardians of their grandchildren. Additionally, he taught gerontology and psychology courses at California State University Northridge (CSUN) for 18 years. He has also taught at the California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) and at California Lutheran University (CLU) in Thousand Oaks.
Dr. Fuhrmann has administrative experience in helping to initiate inpatient geriatric psychiatric programs. In 1996, he became the second psychologist in California to be elected President of a Medical staff at Pacific Shores Hospital. In 2006, he co-authored, with Jeff Shevlowitz, Sagacity: What I Learned from My Elderly Psychotherapy Clients. Continuing education credits are available for this work. In 2014, he co-authored Lessons Learned on the Path to Filial Maturity with Brynn Craffey, which addresses how adult children struggle to help their elderly parents, especially when the parents identify as gay, lesbian or transgender. His latest book published in 2022, Pandemic Schmandemic, describes how elders are coping in resilient and powerful ways with the COVID-19 pandemic. He hopes to turn his podcasts Age Well with Dr. Max, available on YouTube, to a broader mainstream television audience.
In the spirit of “practicing what you preach”, Dr. Fuhrmann was a certified spinning insructor and taught indoor cycling classes with music to enhance cardiovascular functioning, mood and stamina in those aged 50+! He also took a 3 month sabbatical in summers 2017 & 2018 to drive long distance remote back packers in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains & take photographs of the area through his company SherpaMax. His photos are on display at local art shows and fairs.