About Dr. Kelly Lambert

Kelly Lambert

Kelly Lambert

Dr. Lambert received her undergraduate degree from Samford University in Birmingham AL (majoring in psychology and biology) in 1984 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in the field of Biopsychology from the University of Georgia in 1988.   After spending 28 years at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland VA where she served as the Macon and Joan Brock Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department, Co-Director of Undergraduate Research, and Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Major, she recently joined the faculty at the University of Richmond as Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience.  She enjoys teaching courses such as Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience, Comparative Animal Behavior, Neuroplasticity and Psychobiology of Stress.  Dr. Lambert has won several teaching awards including the 2008 Virginia Professor of the Year.

Dr. Lambert's Scientific Publications

Dr. Lambert has published (along with her students and colleagues) over 60 articles in journals such as Nature, Stress, Neuroscience, Physiology and Behavior and Brain Research and has made approximately 140 conference presentations at national and international conferences.  She served as President of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society from 2009-2011.  Dr. Lambert has received funding from the NIH and NSF to support her research investigating the neurobiology of emotional resilience and parental responses and, recently, has incorporated naturalistic observations of various primates at the DuMond Conservancy in Miami, FL and wild raccoons into her lab’s neural explorations. Learn more about her publications.

Dr. Lambert's Articles in the Media

Focusing on mainstream audiences, she has written articles about her research for publications such as Scientific American Mind, The New York Post, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Richmond-Times Dispatch.  Articles with descriptions of her research have been published in several news and entertainment sources including the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, Miller-McCure, The Boston Globe, The Times of India, The Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and Salon magazine. She has been interviewed on many radio shows including the National Geographic Radio Show, the Martha Stewart Radio Show, Public Radio’s To the Best of our Knowledge. Learn more about her articles.

Dr. Lambert's Books

Dr. Lambert has written two mainstream books Lifting Depression:  A neuroscientist’s hands on approach to activating your brain’s healing power (Basic Books, 2008) and The Lab Rat Chronicles: A neuroscientist reveals life lessons from the planet’s most successful mammals (Perigee, 2011).  She is currently writing Bursting Brain Bubbles:  Sharpening our Contingency Forecasts to Avoid Emotional Crashes (Yale University Press, anticipated release Spring, 2018).  Along with her long-time colleague, Craig Kinsley (University of Richmond), she published the undergraduate text Clinical Neuroscience:  The neurobiological foundations of mental health (first edition, Worth Publishers, 2005 and 2nd edition Oxford University Press, 2010).  Her most recent text, Biological Psychology (Oxford University Press) was published 2017. Learn more about her books.

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Kelly Lambert

Kelly Lambert

When she’s not in the lab or classroom, Dr. Lambert enjoys spending time with her husband, Gary Lambert, an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, and her two daughters Lara (a recent graduate from Elon University and currently working in Atlanta) and Skylar, a sophomore at Furman University.