Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett is a Health Psychologist and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her work focuses on two main areas of study: family violence and perinatal health. Her current research interests include the long-term health effects of childhood abuse, the impact of maternal depression, and the psychological aspects of breastfeeding. Her work centers around putting research into the hands of people on the frontlines, and to educating healthcare providers about how to provide more effective and compassionate care to some of society's most vulnerable citizens. Her work has taken her across the country, working in hospitals, and with groups as diverse as the American Psychological Association, Early Head Start, the U.S. Air Force, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Tribe, and the Whirlpool Corporation. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and was the principal author of an APA Council Resolution on the Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities (available on her website: www.GraniteScientific.com). Dr. Kendall-Tackett is the author of more than 110 articles or, chapters and is the author or editor of ten books. She is on the editorial boards of Child Abuse & Neglect and Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, and has served as program co-chair (with David Finkelhor) for the International Family Violence Research Conferences from 2000 to 2004.
Dr. Kendall-Tackett is accredited through La Leche League International as a breastfeeding counselor, and serves as Area Professional Liaison for La Leche League of Maine and New Hampshire. Dr. Kendall-Tackett chairs the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Taskforce, and the annual New Hampshire State Breastfeeding Conference.
Dr. Kendall-Tackett received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology from California State University, Chico, and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in social and developmental psychology. She has won several awards including the Outstanding Research Study Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and most recently, she was named 2003 Distinguished Alumna, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, California State University, Chico.
She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Doug Tackett, her sons Ken and Chris, and quite a few pets.