Lorna Kendrick

Lorna Kendrick

Dean, School of Nursing Professor PhD, RN

Programs and Courses Taught

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice

I have most often taught Research and Leadership

About Me

I am a native Californian, with three adult children and three (plus one on the way) granddaughters. I enjoy time with family, travel, hiking, off-roading, gardening, DIY projects, old movies, and audible books.  


I earned my undergraduate degree in nursing from Loma Linda University. My Master's degree in Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Georgia State University. I earned my PhD in nursing from UCLA with a focus in Nursing Research. I worked for many years in neuro/surgical ICU and as an Advanced Practice Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist maintaining a small private practice while working in academe for the last 27 years. As an academician, I earned tenure and Full Professor status. 

Teaching Interests

I love teaching Research and Leadership

Scholarly Interests

My research team and I were the first to publish the idea of “depression as a fact of life” (Kendrick, et al., 2007) among high social economic status young African American men attending college. For this achievement, in 2010, I earned the honor of being recognized as a UCLA School of Nursing Distinguished Alumnus alongside a phenomenal group of nursing leaders, scientist, and academician for “Sterling Contributions in Advancing Nursing Science”.  


I have published based on the Participatory Action Research Model, where several of my research participants have been co-authors on my manuscripts

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

I am the current archival secretary for the Council on Nursing and Anthropology (CONAA) and member of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA). I also served as President-elect for the California Association of Colleges of Nursing (CACN). I earned my certification in Executive Leadership from the Wharton School of Business.

Community Service

I have conducted Ethnographic Fieldwork and Participatory Action Research with young African American men focused on untreated depression as a primary risk factor for early onset cardiovascular disease. My research interests in connecting mental health with disease prevention and physical wellness have taken me to destinations in Europe, Canada, Cuba, Alaska, Turkey, Argentina, Japan, Nigeria, and South Africa. 

Honors & Awards

UCLA Distinguished Alumni Honor