Sharon F. Lambert

Associate Professor, Clinical/Community Psychology
Room 207
Address: Building GG
2125 G St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
[email protected]


Current Research

Dr. Lambert is a clinical and community psychologist with specializations in developmental and quantitative psychology. Her primary research interests are understanding the nature and course of internalizing problems in urban and African American adolescents, and understanding how the different contexts of development, particularly the neighborhood environment, contribute to child and adolescent adjustment. Dr. Lambert also has interests in the application of advanced statistical methods to understand the development of psychopathology, and the role of contexts in development. Specific methodological interests include the application of longitudinal modeling and spatial analytic techniques to understand how environment affects development. Dr. Lambert plans to use her research in each of these areas to inform the development and evaluation of preventive interventions for children and adolescents. Currently, Dr. Lambert participates in the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. As part of her work there, she is examining associations between neighborhood characteristics and adolescent psychopathology, and the implications of these associations for policy and practice.


Ph.D. 1999, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Selected Publications

Lambert, S. F., Robinson, W. L., & Ialongo, N. S. (2014). The role of socially prescribed perfectionism in the link between perceived racial discrimination and African American Adolescents’ depressive symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42(4), 577-587.

*English, D., Lambert, S. F., & Ialongo, N. S. (2014). Longitudinal associations between experienced racial discrimination and depressive symptoms in African American adolescents. Developmental Psychology, 50(4), 1190-1196.

*Busby, D. R., Lambert, S. F., & Ialongo, N. S. (2013). Psychological symptoms linking exposure to community violence and academic functioning in African American adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(2), 250-262. doi: 10.1007/s10964-012-9895-z

Lambert, S. F., Boyd, R. C., *Cammack, N. L., & Ialongo, N. S. (2011). Relationship proximity to victims of witnessed community violence: Associations with adolescent internalizing and externalizing behaviors. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82(1), 1-9. 

*Cammack, N. L., Lambert, S. F., & Ialongo, N. S. (2011). Discrepancies between community violence exposure and perceived neighborhood violence. Journal of Community Psychology, 39(1), 106-120.

Lambert, S. F., Bradshaw, C. P., *Cammack, N. L., & Ialongo, N. S. (2011). Examining the developmental process of risk for exposure to community violence among urban youth. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 39(2), 98-113.

*indicates current or former student