Kris Lambert, Ph.D., RN


  • Phone: 619-849-2937


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


Teaching Focus:

BSN Senior Nursing of Communities: Mental Health

 Psychology of Personal Development

 MSN CNS Role Acquisition: Mental Health

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.

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. 




  • 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 1995Rebounding from Childbirth - International Caesarian Network Annual Conference 1995.