Kelly Lambert, Ph.D.
Randolph-Macon College psychology professor Kelly Lambert, Ph.D., is the new president-elect
of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS). She will begin a two-year
appointment in 2009.
“Dr. Lambert’s election is a wonderful recognition of her outstanding professional
work,” said President Robert Lindgren. “We are proud that it also brings honor and
distinction to Randolph-Macon College in the important field of neuroscience.”
IBNS was founded in 1992 and encourages research and education in the field of behavioral
neuroscience. The organization currently has members from 36 countries that have
a background and interest in the relationship between brain and behavior.
“I have been a member of IBNS since its beginning and it has played a significant
role in my professional development. Each year I try to take a few of my research
students to this meeting and they always enjoy actually meeting the researchers
they’ve read about in their textbooks,” said Lambert. “IBNS members conduct research
targeting the nexus between brain and behavior processes and are uncovering important
keys to unlocking the mysteries of mental illness. My goal as president will be
to facilitate the dissemination of this knowledge to the public so more people can
benefit from these valuable findings. Another passion I have is neuroscience education—it’s
important to have students attending these conferences and presenting their work
so they can begin to network and make informed decisions about their academic journeys
and careers in neuroscience.”
Lambert is chair of the psychology department at R-MC and co-director of the Office
of Undergraduate Research. Her research interests focus on behavior-induced neuroplasticity,
specifically how chronic stress and parental experience alter behavioral and neurobiological
responses. In March 2008 she released her second book, titled Lifting Depression:
A Neuroscientist’s Hands-On Approach to Activating Your Brain’s Healing Power.
It offers new evidence that our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is contributing
to rising rates of depression in today’s society. Lambert found that the positive
outcome of simple, goal-oriented activities—something she calls effort-driven rewards—help
build up the brain’s defense against emotional letdown. The book is available on-line
and at all major bookstores.