Kelly Lambert is the Macon and Joan Brock Professor and Chair of Psychology at Randolph-Macon College. In addition to teaching psychology and neuroscience courses, she maintains a behavioral neuroscience laboratory where she and her students investigate the plasticity of the mammalian brain. Her work investigating the paternal brain is funded by the National Science Foundation. Serving as the president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (2009-2011), she has published research articles in journals such as Nature, Scientific American, and Behavioral Neuroscience. She was named the 2008 Virginia Professor of the Year and, in 2001, received the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. Lambert’s books include Clinical Neuroscience: Psychopathology and the Brain (with coauthor Craig Kinsley, Oxford University Press, 2010), 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 lives in Mechanicsville, Virginia, with her husband, Gary, an industrial-organizational psychologist; her two teenage daughters, Lara and Skylar, and a menagerie of pets.
B.S., Psychology and Biology, Samford University, 1984
M.S. Biopsychology, University of Georgia, 1986
Ph.D., Biopsychology, University of Georgia, 1988
Massimo Bardi, Marshall University
Craig Kinsley, University of Richmond
I don’t have to look to my rodent data to know that my life has been enhanced by my two daughters, Lara and Skylar. They’ve inspired me to learn more about the parental brain; perhaps a more in-depth understanding of parental-offspring social relationships in rodent models may provide clues about the evolution and sustaining mechanisms associated with human affiliative endeavors—caring, sympathy, empathy. Such pursuits are especially relevant in times of seemingly increasing conflicts among various constituents of the human species.
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