Dr. Kelly Lambert


  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1988
  • M.A., University of Georgia, 1986
  • B.A., Samford University, 1984



Areas of Interest

Generally I am interested in behavior-induced neuroplasticity; specifically, my students and I investigate how the real-life experiences of chronic stress and parental experience alter behavioral and neurobiological responses. As the resident behavioral neuroscientist in the department, I teach Clinical Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Comparative Animal Behavior, Psychobiological Research and Theoretical Systems in Psychology, General Psychology, Success Strategies in Psychology, and Psychobiology of Stress.

I was drawn into the field of Behavioral Neuroscience due to my passion for both animals and biological systems. Because we strive to investigate naturally occurring behaviors in our animal models, it is a high priority to use ecologically relevant assessments in the lab so we can attempt to get the best picture of what is going on in the animals we are studying. Currently, we are exploring the following research topics: (1) the effect of chronic stress on behavioral and neurobiological systems, (2) the neurobiological mechanisms related to coping and resilience, and (3) the effect of maternal and paternal experience on behavioral and neurobiological systems. I simply love teaching students about the wonder of the brain through research and am always excited when students want to participate in ongoing research, SURF projects, or senior projects.