Kris Lambert, Ph.D., RN

Kris Lambert, Ph.D., RN

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 619-849-2937

Background

Teaching Focus:

  • BSN Senior Nursing of Communities: Mental Health
  • Psychology of Personal Development
  • MSN CNS Role Aquisition: Mental Health

Education: 

  • University of San Diego, San Diego, CA - PhD, Nursing Research, 11/09
  • University of San Diego, San Diego, CA - MSN, Executive Nurse Leadership, 05/07
  • Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA - BA, Liberal Studies/Psychology, 05/85
  • Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA - AS, Nursing, 05/82
  • Ventura College, Ventura, CA - AA, Psychiatric Technician, 05/78 

Clinical Background/Academic Focus:

Clinical background includes over 30 years in the mental health arena caring for individuals throughout the lifespan in a variety of positions including staff nurse, nursing specialist, nurse educator, nursing administrator, nurse researcher and nurse consultant.  Clinical interests include: adolescent mental health, interpersonal violence, affective disorders, eating disorders, self-inflicted violence and the Recovery Model.  Academic focus includes mental health nursing, leadership, reflective practice, self-care and psychopharmacology.

Research/Publications/Presentations:

Presentations: 

  • Bending the Light: Recovery Oriented Practice in the Acute Care Setting - Visiting Scholar, McLean Hospital, Boston, MA, December 2012
  • Magic Mirror on the Wall:  Using Reflective Practice and the Theme of Hope to Reduce the Stigma of Mental Illness and Mental Health Nursing: An Innovative Student-Centered Approach to Preparing the Next Generation of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses - Poster Presentation, American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, Pittsburg, PA, November 2012
  • The Language of Recovery: A Practical Guide - Keynote Speaker, American Psychiatric Nurses Association Minnesota State Conference, March 2012
  • Trauma in the Health Care Setting: Prevention, Responsibility - Scripps Health Care 2011
  • The Language of Recovery: Making Real for Healthcare Providers - American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference 2011
  • Violence, Depression, Parental Stress and Child Neglect Among High Risk Postpartum Women - Poster Presentation, Western Institute of Nursing Research 2009
  • Development of an Evidence-based Practice Evaluation of Two Nurse-Run Interventions for Blood Pressure Control: A Public-Private Collaboration -  Poster Presentation, American Academy of Ambulatory Care Clinics Annual Conference 2009
  • Postpartum Mood Disorders - Doulas of North America Annual Conference 1995
  • Rebounding from Childbirth - International Caesarian Network Annual Conference 1995.
Research:        
  • Using Reflective Practice and the Theme of Hope to Reduce the Stigma of Mental Illness and Mental Health Nursing: An Innovative Student-Centered Approach to Preparing the Next Generation of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses (in progress 2012).
  • Violence, Depression, Parental Stress and Child Neglect Among High Risk Postpartum Women - University of San Diego Hahn School of Nurse and Health Sciences, Role: Principle Investigator, 2008-2010
  • Collaborative Model Addressing Mental Health in the Perinatal Period among Low Income, Culturally Diverse Women - University of San Diego Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, Role: Maternal Child Advisor, Principle Investigator: Cynthia Connelly PhD, RN, 2008-2009   
  • Development of an Evidence-Based Practice Evaluation of Two Nurse-Run Interventions for Blood Pressure Control: A Public-Private Collaboration - Balboa Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, Role: Student Nurse Research Assistant, Principle Investigator: Captain Linnea Axman PhD, RN, 2005-2006
  • Protective Effect of Vitamin E on Lymphocyte Growth Capacity During Incubation In Vitro - The Clayton Foundation, Houston, TX, Role: Research Assistant, Principle Investigator: Kathleen Matthews, PhD, 1991-1994                        

 Professional Memberships: 

 American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2002-present 
  • San Diego Area Representative, 2011-present
  • Recovery Steering Council - appointed 2012
  • Person-First Language - appointed 2012
  • Education Council - appointed 2012
Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Zeta Mu Chapter, 2008-present
  • PLNU Counselor, 2011-present

Western Institute of Nursing Research, 2008-present

International Society of Traumatic Stress, 2007-present

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2005-present

National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2010-present  

Personal Note:

It is an honor and a privilege to work at PLNU in the School of Nursing. Teaching mental health allows me the opportunity to share my passion for those dealing with mental illness with young nurses and in so doing, help to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Mental health needs are found in all areas of healthcare. In understanding the importance of mental health and wellness, students are able to practice self-care and in turn, promote mental health by instilling hope in those they serve. My goal is to provide our students with the tools they need to provide safe, compassionate, skilled care to patients and their families.