Kendall wins American Psychological Association award
Philip C. Kendall, the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology and director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic at Temple, has been honored with the 2006 Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Clinical Psychology.
The award was presented by the Society of Clinical Psychology during the American Psychological Association’s National Convention in New Orleans, Aug. 10–13.
“For three decades, Dr. Kendall has contributed to clinical psychology and allied mental health professions as a basic scientist, theorist, teacher, administrative leader, and public intellectual. There are few individuals in psychology with the pervasive and sustained impact of Dr. Kendall,” reads the award citation.
“His contributions include seminal work on the treatment of anxiety disorders in youth, cognitive-behavioral theory, assessment, and treatment research methodology, and in the conceptualizing and understanding of the psychopathology and treatment of children and adolescents.”
“It’s nice to get peer recognition,” said Kendall. “This award means a lot to me because APA is the national association of psychologists, and there are a lot of us doing this type of work. But it’s a little misidentified because there are hundreds of people who help make it possible for me to do the research that gets the attention: graduate students, colleagues and staff. They all fit into the category of ‘much thanks to them,’ because without them, the research couldn’t be done.”
Kendall joined Temple’s psychology faculty in 1984 from the University of Minnesota and founded the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic in 1985. CAADC was one of the first clinics of its kind in the world and has been responsible for cutting-edge research in childhood anxiety disorders for the last 20 years. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the clinic currently has several research programs evaluating treatments for child anxiety.
“Basically, our program had a general clinic for adults in the early 1980s,” said Kendall. “When I came to Temple, my research was going to focus on treating anxious kids. So I started a separate clinic.”
Although small at first, CAADC today offers treatment for youths between the ages of 7 and 17 from across the Delaware Valley who suffer from a variety of types of excessive anxiety that interfere with academic or social activities.
In referencing the award, which is given for contributions to scientific research in clinical psychology, Kendall said that if you think of research as a theme, he is most proud of his work in designing, developing and evaluating a treatment for children who suffer from severe anxiety.
“In the big picture, severe anxiety is a predictor of later difficulties,” Kendall explained. “And if you treat it early, which we can, you may be able to prevent the sequelae of these disorders, so that they don’t develop into other problems later on.”
This research has led Kendall to publish more than 400 journal articles, 30 books, and 20 treatment manuals and workbooks. In fact, according to the Society for Clinical Psychology, “in a recent quantitative analysis of the publications by and citations to all members of the faculty in all of the 157 APA-approved programs in clinical psychology, Dr. Kendall ranked 5th.”
“Dr. Kendall has become centrally important to clinical child and adolescent psychology in this century,” states SCP in its award. “Indeed, his treatment programs for youth have been identified as empirically supported, have been translated and implemented in over a dozen countries, and are the focus of numerous federally funded research initiatives in treatment and prevention across the globe.”
Although Kendall received the award in New Orleans, he got to feel a little like he was back on the Main Campus when he had the opportunity to meet with Temple Trustee and alumnus Bill Cosby, who was providing entertainment one night during the APA meeting.
“With me getting this award, the people from Temple and APA put us together and I had a chance to interact with him,” Kendall said. “I had met him briefly in the past at commencement, but this time I got to sit down for almost an hour and talk with him. It was fun.”
— Preston M. Moretz