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Dr. Kelly  Lambert
Dr. Kelly Lambert
Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience
Co-coordinator, Neuroscience Program

Virginia Professor of the Year (awarded by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching)

Outstanding Faculty Award [awarded by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)]

VFIC Hiter Harris Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching


Lambert, K. Bursting Brain Bubbles: Sharpening our contingency forecasts to avoid emotional crashesNew Haven: Yale University Press, release date projected for 2018.

Lambert, K. (2017). Biological Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lambert, K. (2011). The Lab Rat Chronicles: A neuroscientist reveals life lessons from the planet’s most successful mammals. New York: Perigee Books. German translation published in 2013.

Lambert, K., & Kinsley, C.H. (2005; 2011). Clinical Neuroscience:  The neurobiological foundations of mental health. New York: Worth. Second edition published with Oxford University Press.

Lambert, K.G. (2008). Lifting Depression: A neuroscientist’s hands-on approach to activating your brain’s healing power. New York: Basic Books. Paperback released January 4, 2010. Japanese translation published in 2012.


Kent, M., Bardi, M., Hazelgrove, A., Sewell, K., Kirk, E., Thompson, B., Trexler, K., Terhune-Cotter, B., & Lambert, K.  (2017).  Profiling coping strategies in male and female rats:  Potential neurobehavioral markers of increased resilience to depressive symptoms. Hormones and Behavior, 95, 33-43.

Lambert, K., Hyer, M., Bardi, M., Rzucidlo, A., Scott, S., Terhune-Cotter, b., Hazelgrove, A., Silva, I., & Kinsley, C. (2016). Natural-enriched environments lead to enhanced environmental engagement and altered neurobiological resilience. Neuroscience, 330, 386-394.

Bardi, M., Kaufman, C., Franssen, C., Hyer, M.M., Rzucidlo, A., Brown, M., Tschirhart, M., & Lambert, K.G. (2016). Paper or plastic? Exploring the effects of natural enrichment on behavioral and neuroendocrine responses in Long-Evans rats. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, doi:10.1111/jne.12383.

Pawluski, J.L., Kinsley, C.H., & Lambert, K. (2016). Neuroplasticity in the maternal hippocampus: Relation to cognition and effects of repeated stress. Hormones and Behavior, 77, 86-97.

Lambert, K. (2015). Do or DIY. Royal Society for Arts (RSA) Journal, Issue I, 20-23.

Lambert, K., Nelson, R.J., Jovanovic, T., & Cerda, M. (2015). Brains in the City: Neurobiological effects of urbanization. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 58, 107-122.

Ph.D., University of Georgia
M.S., University of Georgia
B.A., Samford University
Contact Information
B326 Gottwald
(804) 289-8132
Areas of Expertise
Experience-based Neuroplasticity
Neurobiology of Parental Behavior
Neurobiological Impact of Natural-Enriched Environments
Effective Coping Strategies and Emotional Resilience
Comparative Animal Behavior