Kelly Lambert with student

University of Richmond Psychology Professor Kelly Lambert Selected as Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

February 22, 2024

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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND ─ University of Richmond psychology professor Kelly Lambert, a behavioral neuroscientist, has been selected as a 2024–25 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the oldest academic honor society in the U.S. and among the most prestigious. The Visiting Scholar Program offers undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with top scholars in the liberal arts and sciences.

Visiting Scholars spend two days meeting informally with undergraduates, participating in classroom lectures and seminars, and giving one major lecture open to the campus and greater community. 

Lambert joins a group of 14 scholars, including faculty from Duke, Northwestern, and Princeton, who will visit more than 100 universities and colleges where Phi Beta Kappa chapters are located during the 2024–25 academic year.

Lambert and her undergraduate research students explore the neurobiology of stress, resilience, depression, parenting, and natural enrichment. Her rodent driving research and science outreach program has been featured in more than 1,500 media stories and highlighted in two documentaries, including one on Netflix.  

Lambert has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, including most recently the 2023 Science Educator Award from The Society for Neuroscience. She was also a finalist for Baylor University’s 2024 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching