Within her role as Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health she is known particularly for work around practice-based research in the area of parenting and maternal and child health. Her work on parenting is internationally recognised and implemented from Kent to Japan.
She is currently leading a national study of breast-feeding promotion in collaboration with Yale School of Public Health.
She is also Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University in Western Australia where she contributes to research on Aboriginal Health in families and communities. Professor Kendall is also the Chair of the European Primary Care Forum, which seeks to develop international perspectives on community health initiatives.
Professor Kendall is also the co-editor in chief of Primary Health Care Research and Development, an internationally-recognised journal, and co-chair of the International Collaboration of Community Health Nursing Research, a UK charity supporting international community nursing research dissemination.