Kendall to Speak at 2019 Graduate Programs CommencementMay 14, 2019
Dr. Kendall is the Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor
of Psychology at Temple University.
An active researcher and scholar, his curriculum vitae lists over 700 publications,
including over 25 books and some 20 treatment manuals and workbooks. His treatment
programs have been translated into numerous languages, and he has had over 35 years
of uninterrupted grant support from various agencies.
Having received many thousands of citations per year, he placed among an elite handful
of the “Most Highly-Cited” individuals in all of the social and medical sciences (top
1 percent). In an analysis of the publications by and citations to all members of
the faculty in the 157 American Psychological Association approved programs in clinical
psychology, Dr. Kendall ranked fifth. His H factor in 2018 was 120.
Dr. Kendall was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
at Stanford, won the inaugural Research Recognition Award from the Anxiety Disorders
Association of America and the “Great Teacher” award from Temple University, and was
identified as a “top therapist” in the tristate area by Philadelphia Magazine. In October of 2016, he was awarded the Aaron T. Beck Award for “Significant and
Enduring Contributions to Cognitive Therapy,” awarded by the Academy of Cognitive
His treatment for anxiety disorders in youth, the Coping cat program, has been evaluated
in numerous RCTs and then examined by committees and literature reviewers, and subsequently
deemed an empirically supported treatment. Relatedly, Dr. Kendall received an award
for the ”Most Valuable Paper with Enduring Impact.” Specifically, the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy award took nominations from 30 journals of impactful papers published at least 30
years ago. His paper from 1988 entitled, ”The Anxious Child: Cognitive-Behavioral
Treatment Strategies” was selected as the winner.
An avid completer of the New York Times crossword puzzle every day except Saturday,
Dr. Kendall plays basketball twice a week and enjoys opportunities to spend time in
the ocean and with his family.
Dr. Kendall is also an honorary degree recipient at this year's commencement ceremony.