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 Health 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, the Spinal Injury Response Project on Integrated Services and the Youngcare Alternative Service Model trial.
Elizabeth runs a collaborative research program with several significant partners including Queensland
Health, General Practice Queensland, and Motor Accident Insurance Commission. She manages a research team of 40 researchers and has attracted over $12 million in research grants and consultancies, including 7 large Australian Research Council grants. She has over 100 publications in high quality journals such as Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Rehabilitation Psychology, Disability and Rehabilitation and has produced over 65 industry reports. She is a member of the ARC College of Experts.