April Kendrick

Assistant Professor of Psychology

210 Education Building
(205) 247-8003


Kendrick began her career working in a preschool, while simultaneously working on her college degrees. She has served as a preschool teacher, and later as an administrator in large programs serving up to 200 families. She has worked in a DHR licensed preschool as well as a University NAEYC licensed Children’s Program. Her degrees focus on experiences in early childhood, but she has an interest in the whole developmental lifespan (from the prenatal period to death and dying).

Kendrick began teaching at the college level as a graduate student, and discovered a love and passion for teaching the next leaders in our community! Kendrick has been a presenter in conferences at the local, state, national and international level. She has been an invited speaker for professional talks as well as an invited reader in the local community as the Cat in the Hat to promote and celebrate literacy among young children. Kendrick’s passion for working with children and families has allowed her to work with Baby TALK, Project Joy Playmakers, and has even taken her to Uganda to work with orphaned children and help build schools for the next leaders of Uganda.

Research Interests

Kendrick’s primary research interests are in children’s play behaviors on the playground and factors that influence play such as the role of teachers.  She also has an interest in studying maternal depression during pregnancy.


Kendrick, A., Hernandez-Reif, M., Hudson, C., & Jeon, H. (2011, in press). Coding Group Behaviors for Preschool Children in the Playground and the effects of Teachers’ Proximity on Preschool Children’s Playground Behaviors. Early Child Development and Care.


Ph.D - The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
M.S. - The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
B. S. - The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL