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Some of my favorite professional moments are working with students in the laboratory…thanks to everyone for keeping me on my experimental toes through the years. Students who pursued graduate school after working in the R-MC behavioral neuroscience lab are featured below-as well as a few pictures of recent lab groups. 

Dr. Hendree Jones

Dr. Hendree Jones (R-MC, 1992)

M.A., Psychology, University of Richmond, 1994
Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1997
Current Position: Senior Research Psychologist, RTI International; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Executive Director, Cornerstone Treatment Program.

“The undergraduate research experience at RMC instilled in me the love of learning, the ability to pose and answer research questions and helped give me the needed foundation of skills to flourish in graduate school and my career.”



Dr. Sabra Klein

Dr. Sabra Klein (R-MC, 1992)

MS, Biopsychology, University of Georgia
Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
Current Position:   Assistant professor in molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

“My appreciation for scientific inquiry and my desire to understand the mechanisms that underlie complex processes, like behavior, started in the basement of Copley Science Center.”


Dr. Charles Cook

Dr. Charles Cook (R-MC, 1993)

M.S., Ph.D., Biological Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002)
Current Position:  Neuroscience Medical Liaison, Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals






Sara Buckelew

Dr. Sara Buckelew Anderson (R-MC 1996) 

M.D., Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, 2001
Aviation Medicine Specialist, Iraq, 2005-2006
Pediatrics residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, HI 2004
Medical missions: Phillipines 2004 (pediatrics), Iraq 2005-2006 (aviation medicine specialist), Afghanistan 2010 (aviation medicine and pediatrics)
Academics: Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Uniformed Services University (2004-current), University of Hawaii at Manoa (2006-2009), University of Washington (2009-2010). Duties included being in charge of medical, physician assistant and advance degree nursing students on their clinic rotations.

“The biggest benefits I got from my work in the behavioral neuroscience laboratory include: 1) critical thinking and problem solving skills, 2) the importance and benefits of collaboration with colleagues in your same field 3) the rewards of hard work and perseverance. A very direct benefit I got from some of the research we did I use every day as a pediatrician, as I educate my patients' families about enriching their experiences and environment to help in their development.”

Dr. Erin Doubera Clabough

Dr. Erin Doubera Clabough
(MR-C, 1997)

PhD Neuroscience University of Virginia 2006
Current positions:
-Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Departments of Ophthalmology/Neuroscience at University of Virginia;
-Freelance Medical Writer

“My undergraduate work in the behavioral neuroscience lab was my first true hands-on research experience, and I know my positive experiences there were instrumental in my career path. The projects in the lab were accessible to students who want to learn, but the  research questions are still important ones, and Dr. Lambert’s continuing support (for 15 years now!) of me personally and of my own scientific career is truly irreplaceable.”

Dr. Robyn Diehl

Dr. Robyn Diehl (R-MC, 1998)

M.S., Criminal Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Currently Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Attending Randolph Macon College and working in the behavioral neuroscience  laboratory is why I went into academia.  Working in the laboratory  lit the  passion for research and teaching  in me and encouraged me to follow that light into my masters and doctoral programs as well as pursuing a career in academia.  As an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University, I strive every day to engage and energize my students like I was energized in my undergraduate career.”

Dr. Catherine Lowry Franssen

Dr. Catherine Lowry Franssen

M.S., Neurobiology, University of Chicago
Ph.D., Neurobiology, University of Chicago
Administrative position with The Goddard School; Life-coach consultant

“I graduated RMC with a BA in Psychology in 1999; graduated University of Chicago with my Ph.D. in Neurobiology in 2005. I’m currently transitioning out of a role as a postdoctoral teaching/research fellow in the R-MC behavioral neuroscience laboratory, where I’ve been for 3 years, and taking on a role at the Goddard School in my local community. I’ve recently launched a consulting and life-coaching business, Fresh Spark, to educate companies and individuals of the perks and perils of stress and to teach the science of serenity. My undergraduate research opened my eyes to the mysteries of the brain and to the world of experimental science. I’ve been so fortunate to get a second dose of the Lambert Lab and the Randolph-Macon way of life as a post-doc, which has taught me still more about neuroscience and life.”

Dr. Catherine Aurentz Griffith

Dr. Catherine Aurentz Griffith
(R-MC, 2000)

Ed.M., Mind, Brain and Education, Harvard University, 2002
Ph.D., High-incidence disabilities and statistics, University of Virginia, 2007
Current Position: Research Associate, Clemson University, National Dropout Prevention Center

“My inspiration to find sound quantitative data to support or debunk research questions was first developed through my undergraduate research experience at R-MC. I would highly recommend undergraduates across disciplines (education, psychology, science) to participate in an undergraduate research experience. ”

Tom Campbell

Dr. Thomas Campbell (R-MC, 2002) 

M.S. & Ph.D, Clinical Psychology Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008

Current Position: Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center Neuropsychologist and Director of Rehabilitation Psychology Postdoctoral Training, McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, Va; Adjunct Professor, VCU Department of Psychology

“The training and mentorship I received in the Behavioral Neuroscience Lab through both the psychology department and the SURF program were absolutely critical to my career path. These experiences opened doors and helped prepare me for both graduate school and beyond. I first learned about the brain by looking at the effects of stress on the brains of rats, which helped lay a solid foundation for my current job assessing and treating wounded Service members with both traumatic brain injuries and psychological sequelae of trauma. Kelly Lambert set an example that heightened my interest in mentoring future psychologists and demonstrated the value of good training.”


Dr. Erica Glasper

Dr. Erica Glasper (R-MC, 2002)

M.A., Behavioral Neuroscience, The Ohio State University, 2004
Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience, The Ohio State University, 2006
Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, 2006-2011
Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland

“My undergraduate research experience provided me with more than just a job. It was full of meaningful experiences that allowed me to jump ahead of many of my peers, ultimately catapulting me into my career.”



Dr. Stacie Lin Taylor

Dr. Stacie Lin Taylor 
(R-MC, 2002)

M.S. and Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience, Georgia State University.
Currently working as her most challenging project ever:  being a mom

“I loved my undergraduate research experience at R-MC---it prepared me extremely well for graduate school. I learned how to execute a research project from start to finish from formulating a testable hypothesis to presenting the results at an international scientific conference. ”


Ashley Everette (R-MC, 2007)

M.A. in Child Development from the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University 2009 Current Position: Since 2010 I have served as Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant at ChildSavers, a non-profit in Richmond, VA.




Mollee Farrell

Mollee Farrell (R-MC, 2007)

M.S., Behavioral Neuroscience, Indiana University in Bloomington
Doctoral candidate, Behavioral Neuroscience, Indiana University in Bloomington

“I just think it's so interesting that I started doing work with female rats at Randolph-Macon and will most likely finish up my graduate career looking for a neurobiological mechanism as to why males and females respond to stress differently.  I will *hopefully* finish up next summer and score an awesome postdoc in an awesome place, though I'm thinking I want to move away from stress stuff and get into more estrogen-mediated effects on the nervous system.”

Darby Fleming Hawley

Darby Fleming Hawley
(R-MC, 2007)

M.S. University of Houston
Doctoral Candidate, Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Houston

“The undergraduate research experience I had at RMC in the behavioral neuroscience lab lab was the match that lit my passion for research.  Through coursework and research, I strengthened my enthusiasm for behavioral neuroscience and developed a thorough appreciation for the remarkable complexity of the human brain.  This fascination drives me to continue investigating the biological underpinnings of the stressful experience on behavior and the brain.”

Torrie Higgins

Torrie Higgins (R-MC, 2007)

Ph.D. candidate in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a concentration in Biobehavioral Science from the University of Florida, expected 2012. Current: Recipient of the UF Alumni Graduate Fellowship since starting at UF and have just been appointed to the National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Training in Aging (T32) Fellowship.

“I truly believe my undergraduate research experience was invaluable. The training I received at Randolph-Macon, working in the Behavioral Neuroscience Lab, enabled me to hit the ground running in a Ph.D. program at a tier-one research university. Over the past four years I have spent in graduate school it has become apparent that the research opportunities I was afforded at RMC are for the most part, unparalleled. During my junior and senior years I conducted two independent research projects under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Lambert that not only fueled my passion to pursue a career in research, but also provided me with the fundamental skills required to be a successful scientist. I gained the experience needed to feel comfortable bringing a research idea to fruition, from designing and conducting a study all the way to disseminating my findings in well-written manuscripts and professional presentations. Perhaps even more importantly, working with Dr. Lambert instilled in me how to be a thoughtful, ethical scientist as well as the merit of collaboration, which are values that form the foundation of a quality researcher. ”

Kelly Tu

Kelly Tu (R-MC, 2007)

M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University
Doctoral candidate, Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University

“I first developed an interest for research in the areas of stress and coping and biopsychology from my undergraduate research experiences in the R-MC behavioral neuroscience  laboratory.   The research training and skills I gained as an undergraduate have served as the foundation for my success in my current program of study, where I recently received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ruth Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellowship (2011-2013) to support my dissertation research. ”



Leslie Hainley Rollins

Leslie Hainley Rollins(R-MC, 2009)

M.S. student and Doctoral Candidate, Developmental Psychology, University of Maryland

“My experience working in the Behavioral Neuroscience Lab provided me with graduate student level research training on study development, data collection, and analysis. Furthermore, this experience supported my interest in neuroscience and led me to pursue my current research interests in the development of memory and executive functioning in early childhood using electrophysiological and behavioral measures.”

Stephanie Karsner

Stephanie Karsner (R-MC, 2009)

M.S., Behavioral Neuroscience, George Mason University (expected May 2011).

“My undergraduate research experience really showed me the practical applications of psychology. It also enabled me to use my love and interest in animals and their behavior in a way that is beneficial for the general public, providing information about the brain and the way it helps guide behavior.”




Molly Hyer

Molly Hyer (R-MC, 2009)

M.S., Psychology, Bucknell University (May, 2011)

“My time in the R-MC behavioral neuroscience lab was what shaped my time at Randolph-Macon and helped me decide on the path for my career. The opportunities that I had to learn the techniques, the theories, and the passions behind behavioral neuroscience were not only useful, they were fun.  Being able to have the undergraduate research experience is something that not even all large universities can offer let alone all of the smaller schools. It was a unique experience that gave me the edge I needed. It prepared me for a masters program at Bucknell University and will further aid me in my pursuit of a career in the field. The guidance and friendships I gained will last a lifetime.”

Caitlin Blake

Caitlin Blake (R-MC, 2010)

M.S. Candidate, Health, Behavior and Society, Johns-Hopkins University

“At Hopkins, the average age of my colleagues is 27 years old; some students have MDs, and several students have worked with renowned people in the field, including one student who worked under Bandura. Even as I am submerged among this wealth of knowledge and expertise, I find myself contributing greatly to class discussion and people are greatly intrigued by the work being done in the R-MC behavioral neuroscience lab. My undergraduate research experience has taught me the value of empirical research that focuses on behavioral and environmental factors and the power this research has not only in demonstrating how incredibly intelligent our rats are, but more importantly the power our research has in setting the foundation for larger issues, such as implementing play into a school curriculum. ”

Amanda Steinagle

Amanda Steinagle (R-MC, 2011)

Entering class at The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine.




2011 Lab Group

2010-2011 Lab Group

Dr. Franssen, Dr. Lambert, Devon Kinsley, Amanda Rzucidlo (top row)
Casey Kaufman, Amanda Steinagel, Danielle Amegah (bottom row) Not pictured: Alex Dove and Jessica Ruffin




2010 Lab Group

2009-2010 Lab Group

Top row:  Reed Womack, Brittany Waddy, Dr. Franssen, Dr. Lambert, Zeke Hampton
Sitting:    Kayren Pleasant, Gabrielle Nunez, Caitlin Blake, Ellie Shea, Jordan Huber, Alex Rhone
Front and center:  A Long-Evans Rat!


IBNS in Sardinia, Italy, Summer 2010



Summer 2008 Lab Group

Summer 2008

Stephanie Karsner, Dr. Franssen, Molly Hyer, Dr. Lambert, Eddie Tu




IBNS 2009

IBNS, Bahamas, 2009 (past and present students at the time)

Darby Hawley, Erica Glasper, Stephanie Karsner, Amanda Rzucidlo, Molly Hyer, Dr. Lambert  (We all thought this restaurant’s name, The Poop Deck, was especially appropriate considering the number of fecal samples we collect for hormone assays!)


Senior Picnic 2007

Senior Picnic with Lambert Members,2007

Mollee Farrell, Ashley Everette, Torrie Higgins, Dr. Lambert, Darby Hawley, Kelly Tu