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Dr Kathleen Kendall PhD, MA, BA

Associate Professor in Sociology as Applied to Medicine

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I am an Associate Professor in Sociology as Applied to Medicine. With a background in medical sociology, social policy and criminology, my research broadly addresses patient and provider experiences of treatment for mental health issues. I am especially interested in the intersection of medicine, criminalisation and mental health. I also publish in medical education with a focus on the social and behavioural sciences as well as equality, diversity and intersectionality. I am the subject lead for Sociology within the School of Medicine and have received the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award three times as well as the Faculty Teaching Award.

Kathleen Kendall is Associate Professor of Sociology as Applied to Medicine. In broad terms, my research explores patient and provider experiences of treatment for mental health issues. Much of this work has focused on mental health and imprisonment, such as the operation of Mental Health In-Reach Teams inside British prisons; the gendered nature of prison mental health interventions; and severe self-harm in a forensic adolescent mental health unit. These interests are reflected in a 2018 book I co-edited titled Mental Health in Prisons: Critical Perspectives on Treatment and Confinement.

I am also interested in the history of psychiatry and am completing a long-standing project on the first stand-alone asylum for ‘criminal lunatics’ in Canada - the Rockwood Asylum. Another of my historical projects critically examined one of the most extensive and intensive attempts anywhere to reduce mental health stigma. A summary of this study can be found on my online exhibit titled ‘Educating Indian Head’. I am a member of the Advisory Council for Madness Canada, an academic-community collaborative online resource for mad studies.

My concern about healthcare and marginalised populations is reflected in a PhD I am supervising on barriers and bridges to refugee health in the UK.

It is important to me that my teaching practice is evidence based and therefore I undertake medical education research and co-chair Behavioural and Social Sciences Teaching in Medicine (BeSST) – a UK community of practice for individuals teaching sociology and psychology to medical students. I am the lead author of the AMEE Guide to Teaching Sociology to Undergraduate Students and have published research on equality and diversity within medical curricula. Additionally, I co-authored a collaborative autoethnography on the experience of being a refugee university student.

Qualifications

Appointments

Associate Professor in Sociology as Applied to Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
The University of Southampton
January 1999 -present

Lecturer
Department of Sociology
The University of Reading
January 1996- December 1998

Special Advisor on Female Offenders
Correctional Service Canada
April 1993 - September 1993

Program Evaluator/Researcher
Correctional Service Canada
May 1992 - March 1993

Research Associate
Neuropsychiatric Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry
University of Saskatchewan Hospital and the Regional Psychiatric Centre (Prairies)
April 1989 - April 1992

Sessional Lecturer
Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan
September 1987 - April 1990

Research interests

  • Patient and provider experiences of treatment for mental health issues
  • Imprisonment and health
  • Mental health, criminalisation and social justice
  • History of psychiatry
  • Refugee health
  • Digital inclusion
  • Diversity, equality and intersectionality
  • Teaching sociology to medical students

In broad terms, my research explores patient and provider experiences of treatment for mental health issues. Much of this work has focused on mental health and imprisonment, such as the operation of Mental Health In-Reach Teams inside British prisons and the gendered nature of prison mental health interventions. These interests are reflected in a book I co-edited titled Mental Health in Prisons.

Review of Mental Health in Prisons:

“In this book, Alice Mills and Kathleen Kendall bring together a remarkable set of contributions. Taken together, they remind the reader of the silent but powerfully individualising nature of neo-liberal societies and the toll they take on those imprisoned with mental health problems. Documenting the further marginalisation of the already marginalised, this edited collection sets an important agenda for change. It remains to be seen whether or not anyone listens to its findings. They should.” (Sandra Walklate, Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology, University of Liverpool, UK).

I am also interested in the history of psychiatry and am completing a project on the first stand-alone asylum for ‘criminal lunatics’ in Canada.  Another historical project examined one of the most extensive and intensive attempts anywhere to reduce mental health stigma. See my online exhibit of this research titled Educating Indian Head.

Psychiatrist John and sociologist Elaine Cummings

Psychiatrist John and sociologist Elaine Cummings, the subjects of Educating Indian Head online exhibit and journal article, ‘From Closed Ranks to Open Doors’, Social History/Histoire Sociale, (2011) 44 (88) (November): 257-286.

It is important to me that my teaching practice is evidence based and therefore I also undertake medical education research. In particular, my projects explore diversity and the behavioural and social sciences within medical curricula.

Research projects:

Educating Indian Head

Stigma & Discrimination

 

Department(s)

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

My key responsibility within the School of Medicine is as subject lead for Sociology as Applied to Medicine. I am also a member of the School’s Athena Swan Self-Assessment Committee. and a member of Clinical Ethics and Law at Southampton (CELS). Outside of Southampton, I am co-chair of BeSST (Behavioural and Social Sciences Teaching in Medicine), a network of UK teachers supporting professional development and practice; and am on the Advisory Council for Madness Canada, an academic-community collaborative online resource for mad studies. I also peer-review for international funding bodies, book publishers and journals.

 

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I am the subject lead for Sociology as Applied to Medicine in the School of Medicine
I have received the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award three times.  I also supervise undergraduate, masters and PhD students.

Dr Kendall is a really warm and caring lecturer who engages with the entire room and makes her content interesting (Quote from Year 1 BM5 student).

My teaching is supported by my membership in the BeSST (Behavioural and Social Sciences Teaching in Medicine) community of practice which I co-chair. With other members of BeSST, I wrote the first AMEE Guide to Teaching Sociology to Undergraduate Students and the Core Curriculum for Sociology in Undergraduate Medical Education. I have also presented work on teaching the social and behavioural sciences in medical curricula at national and international conferences, symposia, workshops and webinars .

I am a contributor to the online History in Practice: Community Informed Mental Health Curriculum, an online educational tool for future mental health practitioners. My exhibit is part of the ‘Stigma and Discrimination’ module.

Dr Kathleen Kendall
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Room Number: 85/4001

Telephone:(023) 8059 8416
Email:K.A.Kendall@soton.ac.uk

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