Sally Kendall


Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health, Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent


Sally Kendall has 30 years’ academic experience and a background in nursing and health visiting. She is currently Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health at the Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent. Sally became a health visitor and family planning nurse in 1982 and worked in London until taking up a research post at Kings College, London University. She gained her PhD from Kings College London in 1991, becoming first Professor of Nursing at University of Hertfordshire and subsequently also the Director of the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC). Sally’s interests are focused on parenting and the impact on child health both in the UK and internationally. She leads a CLAHRC EoE project with Mark Whiting focusing on developing an antenatal intervention to promote infant mental health and is an Associate Investigator on a major NHMRC project in Australia concerned with the early parenting experiences of Aboriginal parents. Her current work on the parenting self-efficacy measure ( includes investigating the effect of psychological support for parents of children with complex health needs, the development of an ante-natal measure of parenting and the evaluation of an app for new parents. Sally is the CI on the NIHR/HEE funded Integrated Clinical Academic Mentorship Programme, providing and evaluating a national mentorship programme for non-medical NIHR Fellows. Sally is also co-editor in chief of Primary Health Care Research and Development, an internationally recognized journal and co-chair of the International Collaboration of Community Health Nursing Research, a UK charity supporting international community nursing research dissemination (

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