Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.

Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.


Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Human Genetics
Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Kendler’s research focuses on studies of psychiatric genetics in brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, major depression, alcoholism, personality disorders and nicotine dependence. He utilizes methods ranging from family studies to large-sample population-based twin studies to molecular genetic studies aimed at identifying specific genes that influence the vulnerability to developing these illnesses. Data collection for these studies has been completed in Virginia, Ireland, China, Norway and Sweden.

Dr. Kendler has been involved in DSM-III-R, DSM-IV and most recently, DSM-5 where he chaired the Scientific Review Committee. Since 1996, he has served as Director of the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. Before joining Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Kendler worked at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

NARSAD Grants: Distinguished Investigator 2000 and 2010

Foundation Prizes: 1995 Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research