Professor Elizabeth Kendall completed her PhD in 1997 on the topic of adjustment following traumatic injury, for which she won the Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding PhD Thesis in 1998 (UQ). She has continued to build a research agenda in rehabilitation and service systems for people who are managing the consequences of serious injuries, disabilities or chronic conditions. She was an invited visiting Professor at the University of Manchester National Primary Care Research and Development Centre. She has designed and directed complex community-based evaluations and randomised controlled trials of major health reform projects over the last decade, including the Ambulatory Care demonstration projects the Queensland Self-Management Alliance, the Chronic Disease Place-based Initiative and the Logan-Beaudesert Health Coalition, the Qld Self-Management Working Party, the Coordinated Care Trials, the Sharing Healthcare Demonstration project, the Community Rehabilitation Workforce Reform Project, the Chronic Disease Smart State Working Party, and the Spinal Injury Response Project on Integrated Services.
Elizabeth was Founding Director of the Hopkins Centre which is a partnership with Metro South Health and now runs a collaborative research alliance that aims to bring innovation to disability and rehabilitation. She manages a research team of interdisciplnary researchers and has attracted over $70 million in research grants and consultancies, including a dozen large Australian Research Council, MRFF and NHMRC grants. She has over 250 publications in high-quality journals such as Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Rehabilitation Psychology, Disability and Rehabilitation and has produced nearly 100 industry reports. She was Chair of the Disability Advisory Committee and Chair of the Social Behavioural and Economic Sciences Panel in the ARC College of Experts.