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Dr. Kelly Lambert
Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience

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