Dr Sarah Kendal


I am a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in using participatory methods to promote emotional wellbeing in young people. I am also an NMC registered mental health nurse and have over 30 years of experience of mental and emotional health work with adults and young people in the NHS, voluntary sector and higher education.I am a qualified clinical teacher and I have a PGCert in higher education.

Research interests

I am a co-applicant on these projects at Leeds University:

School of Psychology PI Dr Siobhan Hugh-Jones

School based mental health intervention for young people development and feasibility study of a digital information prescription intervention.

Medical Research Council, Public Health Intervention Development Fund. (2018-2019)

School of Healthcare PI Professor Liz Hughes ‘The Effectiveness of Sexual Assault Referral Centres with regard to the Mental Health and Substance Use: A National Mixed Method Study’. NIHR (2018-2020)


  • PhD (mental health nursing)
  • Masters in Health Science (Public health and health promotion)
  • BA(Hons) Latin, Archaeology, Comparative Religion
  • RMN (mental health nursing)
  • PGCert Teaching and Learning Higher Ed

Professional memberships

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Higher Education Academy Fellow

Student education

I am on the supervision team of  3 doctoral students at Huddersfield University:

Themba Dlamini: ‘Exploring the lived experiences of older African people who live in South Yorkshire: Do social isolation and loneliness have an impact on their health and wellbeing?’ Dr Alex Bridger and Dr Sarah Kendal . Doctoral thesis due to submit 2018. University of Huddersfield

Nafisa Zaman: ‘Management of long-term conditions among informal family caregivers of people with dementia.’ Dr Serena Bartys and Dr Sarah Kendal. Doctoral thesis due to submit 2018. The University of Huddersfield.

Chane Roodt: ‘Qualitative exploration of the health, wellbeing and social implications of living with Trichotillomania.’ Professor Phil Keeley and Dr Sarah Kendal. Doctoral thesis due to submit 2020. The University of Huddersfield.