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K.A.Kendall@soton.ac.uk

Dr Kathleen Kendall BA, MA, PhD

Associate Professor in Sociology as Applied to Medicine

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Dr Kathleen Kendall is Associate Professor in Sociology as Applied to Medicine within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

I am Associate Professor in Sociology as Applied to Medicine.  With a background in medical sociology and criminology, my research is broadly focused upon patient and provider experiences of treatment for mental health issues and marginalised populations.  I am especially interested in the intersection of medicine, criminalisation and mental health.  I also publish in medical education with a focus on teaching social and behavioural sciences and diversity. I am the subject lead for sociology within the School of Medicine and have received the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award three times. I also sit on the School’s Equality, Diversity & Intersectionality Committee.

Research interests

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.

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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 Equality, Diversity & Intersectionality Committee and am a University of Southampton Senator. I am co-chair of the UK community of practice, BeSST (Behavoural and Social Sciences Teaching in Medicine) a UK network of teachers supporting professional development and practice; and a member of Clinical Ethics and Law at Southampton (CELS).  I 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, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ

Room Number: 85/4001

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

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