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Kenneth S. Kendler is an American psychiatrist best known for this pioneering research in psychiatric genetics, particularly the genetic causes of schizophrenia.[1] Kendler is one of the highest cited psychiatry researchers. Between 1990 and 1998 he was the 2nd highest cited psychiatrist.[2] For the 1997-2007 decade he was ranked 4th by Thomson Reuters' Science Watch.[3] In 2010 his h-index is 91; Kendler authored over 700 papers.[2] Kendler's group was also noted for the replication of a study of Avshalom Caspi on the interaction of stressful life events and a serotonin transporter polymorphism in the prediction of episodes of major depression.[4]

Kendler is a Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Human Genetics, and Director of the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at the Virginia Commonwealth University.[5][6] Kendler is also one of the two Editors of Psychological Medicine. He served on the Work Group that revised the DSM-III, on the Task Force for DSM-IV, and is serving in the DSM-5 Work Group on Mood Disorders.[2]

Kendler is also interested in philosophical issues in psychiatry.[5]

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