Carl Kendall, PhD    

Carl Kendall, PhD
Director of Center for Global Health Equity
Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2350
Mail Stop #8319
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-0579/0580/2334
Skype: carl.kendall
Fax: (504) 988-0576
In Brazil: +55(85)98166-9916
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

  • Medical anthropology
  • Health disparities and neglected diseases
  • Qualitative research
  • Social network research
  • Monitoring and evaluation, especially surveillance in key populations
  • Leprosy

Educational Background:

  • NIMH Postdoc, Medical Anthropology and Public Health - Michigan State University
  • PhD, Social Anthropology - University of Rochester
  • MA, Social Anthropology - University of Rochester
  • BA, Physical Anthropology - Swarthmore College

Personal Statement:

Dr. Kendall is former Acting Chair of the Department of International Health and Community Health. He was Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health where he founded the Center for International Community-Based Health Research. Dr. Kendall is a Fulbright Senior Fellow, CNPq Senior Researcher, a member of the Panel on Arresting AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in the Role of Intermittant Preventive Treatment for Malaria in Infants of the National Academy of Sciences. He served on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Kendall has extensive international experience, having worked in more than forty countries, and been awarded more than $70 million in research grants.

In 2013, he was awarded a Science without Frontiers award from the Brazilian government. The award funds Brazilian scholars to train at Tulane. Dr. Kendall's research interests in collaboration with the Federal University of Ceara include work on a range of stigmatized diseases, including HIV and Leprosy, and recent work with female prisoners.

Selected Publications:

Kerr LR, Mota RS, Kendall C, Pinho Ade A, Mello MB, Guimaraes MD, Dourado I, de Brito AM, Benzaken A, McFarland W, Rutherford G; HIVMSM Surveillance Group. HIV among MSM in a large middle-income country. AIDS, 2013, Jan 28; 27(3):427-435

Martins, T.A., Kerr, L.R.F.S., Macena, R.H.M., Mota, R.S., Gondim, R.C., Kendall, C. 2012. Travestis, an unexplored population at risk of HIV in a large metropolis of northeast Brazil: a respondent driven sampling survey. AIDS Care 10/19/2012; DOI:10.1080/09540121.2012.726342

Barbosa Jr A, Pascom ARP, Szwarcwald CL, Kendall C, McFarland W. Transfer of sampling methods for studies on most-at-risk populations (MARPs) in Brazil. Cadernos de Saude Publica, 2011, 27:S36-S44

Szwarcwald CLP, de Souza Jr. PRB; Damacena GN; Barbosa Jr. AB; Kendall C, Analysis of Data Collected by RDS Among Sex Workers in 10 Brazilian Cities, 2009: Estimation of the Prevalence of HIV, Variance, and Design Effect, JAIDS, August 2011; 57:S129-S135

Mota RMS, Kerr LRFS, Kendall C, Pinho A, Mello MB, Dourado I, Guimaraes MDC, Brito A, Batista S, Abreu F, Benzaken A, Oliveira L, Moraes A, Merchan-Hamann E, Freitas G, Albuquerque EM, McFarland W, Rutherford G. Reliability of self-report of HIV status among MSM in Brazil. JAIDS, 2011 August 2011, 57:pp S153-S156

Atlani-Duault, L; Kendall, C. Influenza, Anthropology, and Global Uncertainties. Medical Anthropology, Volume 28, Number 3, July 2009, pp. 207-211

Malekinejab, M.; Johnston, L.G.; Kendall, C.; Kerr, L.R.; Rifkin, M.R.; Rutherford, G.W. et al. 2008. Using Respondent-Driven Sampling Methodology for HIV Biological and Behavioral Surveillance in International Settings: A Systematic Review. AIDS Behav. 2008 June 17 [Epub ahead of print]

Kendall, C.; Kerr, L.R.; Gondim, R.C.; Werneck, G.L.; Macena, R.H.; Pontes, M.K.; Johnston, L.G.; Sabin, K.; McFarland, W. An Empirical Comparison of Respondent-driven Sampling, Time Location Sampling, and Snowball Sampling for Behavioral Surveillance in Men Who Have Sex with Men, Fortaleza, Brazil. AIDS Behav. 2008 April 4 [Epub ahead of print]

Lungiswa LL Nkonki, Tanya TM Doherty, Zelee Z Hill, Mickey M Chopra, Nikki N Schaay and C Kendall. Missed opportunities for participation in prevention of mother to child transmission programmes: simplicity of nevirapine does not necessarily lead to optimal uptake. A qualitative study. AIDS Research and Therapy, 4:27, 22 Nov 2007

Kendall C, A Afable, A Avery, N Schmidt, I Speizer, J Santelli. Understanding pregnancy in a population of young African American women in New Orleans: Results of qualitative research. Social Science and Medicine, vol. 60, 2, 297-311, January 2005.

Kendall C. The role of formal qualitative research in negotiating community acceptance: The case of dengue control in El Progreso, Honduras. Human Organization, 1998, 57(2):217-221.

O'Gara, C and C Kendall. "Fluids and Powders: Options for Infant Feeding." Medical Anthropology, 9(2):107-122, 1985.

Kendall C. "Ethnomedicine and Oral Rehydration Therapy: A Case Study of Ethnomedical Investigation and Program Planning." Social Science and Medicine, 19(3):253-260, 1984.

Kendall C. "Anthropology, Communication and Health: The Mass Media and Health Practices Program in Honduras." Human Organization, 42:353-360, 1983.


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Professional Achievements:

  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, 2006-
  • Member, Institute of Medicine, Board of Global Health, December 2007 - September 2008
  • Member, Border Health Research Advisory Group U.S. - Mexico Border Health Commission, September 2007-8
  • Invited Panelist, La revue Humanitaire, Paris, à La Maison des Associations du 18ème arrondissement 15, passage Ramey 75 018 Paris, May 31, 2007
  • Invited Panelist, The World Federation of Public Health Associations and the Brazilian Association of Post Graduate Education in Collective Health/ABRASCO annual meeting, August 21-25, 2006
  • 2002-2007 (annually) Distinction in Research Awards, Tulane University
  • 2002-2005 Acting Chair, Department of International Health and Development, Tulane University
  • 2005-present Executive Committee, Partnership for the Transformation of Urban Communities, Tulane University
  • 2005-present Executive Board, Payson Center for International Development and Technology, Tulane University

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