Kenneth Kendler

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Kenneth Kendler
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Psychiatric Geneticist Kenneth Kendler
Kenneth S Kendler

(1950-07-12) July 12, 1950 (age 70)
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Cruz, Stanford University School of Medicine, University of Birmingham, England
Known forPsychiatry, Schizophrenia,
Behavior genetics, Major depressive disorder
Scientific career
InstitutionsVirginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
Doctoral advisorLindon Eaves
InfluencesLindon Eaves

Kenneth S. Kendler (born July 12, 1950)[1] is an American psychiatrist best known for this pioneering research in psychiatric genetics, particularly the genetic causes of schizophrenia.[2] Kendler is one of the highest cited psychiatry researchers. Between 1990 and 1998 he was the 2nd highest cited psychiatrist, and for the 1997-2007 decade he was ranked 4th by Thomson Reuters' Science Watch.[3] He has authored over 1,200 papers and in 2016 his h-index was 126.[4] Kendler's group was also noted for the replication of a study of Avshalom Caspi on the interaction of stressful life events and a serotonin transporter polymorphism in the prediction of episodes of major depression.[5]

Kendler is a Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Human Genetics, and Director of the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at the Virginia Commonwealth University.[6][7] Kendler is also one of the two Editors of Psychological Medicine. He served on the Work Group that revised the DSM-III, on the Task Force for DSM-IV, and on the DSM-5 Work Group for Mood Disorders.[8]

Kendler is also interested in philosophical issues in psychiatry.[6]

Kendler is the second son of Howard H. Kendler and Tracy Kendler, both of whom were influential academic psychologists.[9] They named their son Kenneth after Kenneth W. Spence, the doctoral advisor they both shared when studying at the University of Iowa.[10] Kendler is married to Susan Miller, with whom he has three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b Smith, Tammie (2015-12-13). "Kenneth Kendler: Digging into the roots of depression". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  2. ^ Richardson, W. Mark (2002-01-01). Science and the Spiritual Quest: New Essays by Leading Scientists. Psychology Press. ISBN 9780415257671.
  3. ^ Scientist Rankings in Psychiatry/Psychology
  4. ^ "Web of Science Citation Report". Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  5. ^ "New Hot Paper Comment by Kenneth S. Kendler". Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  6. ^ a b Fannon, Dominic (2006). "E-Interview: Kenneth S. Kendler". BJPsych Bulletin. 30 (12): 480–480. doi:10.1192/pb.30.12.480-b. ISSN 1758-3209.
  7. ^ "People at Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics". Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  8. ^ "Kendler, Kenneth. Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics". Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  9. ^ "University of California: In Memoriam, 2001". California Digital Library. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  10. ^ Kendler, Kenneth S.; Prescott, Carol A. (2007-11-01). Genes, Environment, and Psychopathology: Understanding the Causes of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders. Guilford Press. pp. v. ISBN 9781593856458.

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