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Dr Kimberley Kendall

Dr Kimberley Kendall

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

+44 (0)29 2068 8418
2.01 - Desk 36, Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ


I am a general adult psychiatrist on the Wales Clinical Academic Track. I work on the role of rare genetic variants in psychiatric disorders and the translation of related findings to the clinic. I have a special interest in negative symptoms. 


I am a general adult psychiatrist on the Wales Clinical Academic Track and I currently work in rehabilitation psychiatry in the South Wales Valleys. I completed my PhD on the Phenotypic Expression of Neuropsychiatric Copy Number variants at the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, Cardiff University - funded by a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellowship. I have been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 2015.

I undertook Core Psychiatry Training, Core Medical Training and the Foundation Programme in South Wales. I did my undergraduate Medicine (MBBCh) and Medical Genetics (BSc) training at the University of Wales College of Medicine / Cardiff University. 

Honours and awards

2020 European Psychiatric Society Research Prize - I won this prize for my paper the role of neurodevelopmental copy number variants in depression in the clinical psychopathology and refinement of diagnostic categories section.

2018 UK Biobank Early Career Researcher of the Year Competition - I had two abstracts in the top 20 entries.

2016 Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship

2012 Cardiff MRC Centre Clinical Academic Mentorship Scheme

2007 Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship

Professional memberships

Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)

Registered with the General Medical Council (7047089)

Speaking engagements

2020 World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics - the return of neurodevelopmental CNV results to research participants – ethical issues and protocol development.

2020 Royal Society of Medicine Webinar - the genetics of mental health – rare CNVs.

2020 Psychiatric Genomics Consortium Worldwide Lab - an introduction to the depression phenotype and its epidemiology.

2020 Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London - the phenotypic expression of neuropsychiatric CNVs.

2019 Birmingham MRCPsych Midlands Core Psychiatry Trainee Conference - what a psychiatrist needs to know about genetics.

2019 Association for Clinical Genomic Science Conference - cognitive performance and functional outcomes of carriers of pathogenic CNVs: analysis of UK Biobank.

2018 World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics - the role of neurodevelopmental CNVs in depression.

Committees and reviewing

Peer review activity - Practical Neurology, PLoS One, Journal of Psychiatric Research, Journal of Affective Disorders, Scientific Reports, Psychological Medicine, British Journal of Psychiatry

MRC Neuroscience and Mental Health Board grant review

Medical student MCQ book, Royal College of Psychiatrists













I teach psychiatry on the Cardiff University Medicine MBBCh course, including small group teaching on suicide and self harm and communication skills. I also examine formative and summative psychiatry ISCE examinations. I am an academic mentor to students on the course and I'm involved in peer review for scientific journals. 

Rare genetic variants, such as copy number variants (CNVs), are associated with an increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and schizophrenia and these associations cross traditional diagnostic boundaries. Most of what we know about the effects of rare variants is from those at the more severely affected end of the spectrum. We know relatively little about the effects of these variants in those without a neurodevelopmental diagnosis and individuals with psychiatric disorders.

In my recent Wellcome Trust Fellowship, I examined the effects of neurodevelopmental CNVs in psychiatric, cognitive and physical health domains for i) individuals without a neurodevelopmental diagnosis and ii) individuals with psychiatric disorders. 

I am now continuing my work on rare variants in psychiatry and developing proposals for intermediate fellowships. 


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