In addition to being a full-time assistant professor for the College of Arts & Sciences, Kendell is also the Faculty Chief Researcher of Tow Youth Justice Institute.
Kendell received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. He received his clinical postdoctoral training through Northwestern University at the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic where he conducted sentencing evaluations on youth involved with the Department of Probation. Kendell then received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he graduated with cum laude honors and was an entering Health Law scholarship recipient and also served as the Editor-in-Chief for the law school's Health Law and Policy Review, Annals of Health Law. He served as a council member on the Juvenile Defense Resource Institute at Northwestern University School of Law, which was a project designed to strategize ways to reduce recidivism and improve legal representation of juveniles involved in the criminal justice system. Kendell was also a NIDA T-32 postdoctoral fellow at Yale University Department of Psychiatry's Forensic Drug Diversion Program (FORDD).