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.
Speaking about receiving the award Professor Kendall said: ‘I am delighted and honoured on behalf of the nursing profession to receive the MBE. It is a particular privilege to be honoured for research in nursing as it has been such an important part of my work to raise the profile of nursing and develop evidence-based practice.’
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.