Kelly Lambert is the Macon and Joan Brock professor and chair of psychology at Randolph-Macon College. Recently serving as the president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, she has published over fifty scientific articles in journals such as Nature, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Stress, and has written articles for scientific magazines such as Scientific American and Scientific American Mind. She is the author of 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), as well as a text entitled Clinical Neuroscience: Psychopathology and the Brain (Oxford University Press, 2010). Lambert has been interviewed on many radio stations shows such as National Geographic Radio and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Her work has also been reviewed in The Washington Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post.
In addition to teaching courses related to neuroscience and animal behavior, Lambert’s laboratory explores the ever-changing nature of the brain as she and her students investigate brain adaptations accompanying (1) parenthood, (2) chronic stress and related disorders such as depression, and (3) challenging and complex environments. Her lab currently has a grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the paternal brain circuit. Lambert’s research with her rodent models reinforces the importance of being accountable for our brains—an underlying message in her lectures and books.