The HabITec Leadership Advisory Group
Prof. Elizabeth Kendall
Elizabeth is a rehabilitation psychologist whose PhD was in the area of coping and adjustment following traumatic injury.
She has continued to build a research agenda in rehabilitation and service systems for people who are managing the consequences of serious disabilities or chronic conditions, in addition to designing and directing complex community-based evaluations and randomised controlled trials of major health reform projects. Elizabeth has run a collaborative research program for almost 30 years with several significant partners; including Queensland Health, the Motor Accident Insurance Commission, Synapse, Spinal Life Australia and Health Consumers Queensland. The Hopkins Centre was officially formed from this collaborative in 2017. The centre brings together over 150 researchers, policymakers and practitioners and consumers to solve complex problems in rehabilitation.
Elizabeth has attracted over $50 million in research grants and consultancies, including 9 large Australian Research Council grants. She has over 200 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 was chair of the ARC College of Experts in 2009-2011 and continues to review grants in ARC and NHMRC as well as international funding schemes. Elizabeth has designed and managed major projects focused on disability, chronic disease, and rehabilitation with a range of populations and communities, including rural and multicultural communities, First Peoples, and people who are incarcerated or in residential care. She has served on NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence selection panels since 2009. She is the project leader of The Dignity Project, Chair of the Griffith University Disability Advisory Committee, and is a board member of Enabled.vip.
Elizabeth is the Director and Beacon Leader of the new Griffith Inclusive Futures (GIF) flagship program (2021-2025), a Griffith University-led, collaborative alliance between key research, education, industry and healthcare organisations focused on disability and rehabilitation. Within this role, along with her team, Elizabeth aims to significantly improve the lives of people with disability through precise, personalised and innovative rehabilitation, education, employment and disability services.
Through such initiatives and research, particularly in rural areas, Elizabeth has learned innovative ways in which people with disabilities solve complex challenges created by their circumstances. Elizabeth advocates for solutions that are driven by people who will use them. Through family experience of disability, she knows that many devices and technical solutions are unhelpful and unusable, and this is what drives HabITec’s focus on developing methods of citizen engagement in research and design.