Jessica Lambert, Ph.D.

Jessica Lambert

Pronouns: (she/her)
Marriage and Family Therapy
Department of Counseling and School Psychology



Primary Email: [email protected]


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Dr. Lambert is a counseling psychologist and senior researcher with DIGNITY, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She works on mental health program development for trauma-affected populations in low and middle income countries in Africa and the Middle East. Prior to moving abroad she was an associate professor of psychology at California State University Stanislaus and an assistant professor in the couple and family therapy program at Alliant International University in San Diego. 

Areas of Specialization

  • Trauma-informed care for individuals and families 
  • Evidence-based trauma-focused interventions 


  • Cultural adaptations of evidence based interventions for trauma-related distress
  • Social determinants to mental health 
  • Implementation science 
  • Program evaluation 


  • Hirad, S., Miller, M.M., Negash, S. Lambert, J.E. (2022) Refugee posttraumatic growth: A grounded theory study. Transcultural Psychiatry.

  • Lambert, J.E. & Denckla, C. (2020) Posttraumatic stress and depression among women in Kenya’s  informal settlements: Risk and protective factors. European Journal of  Psychotraumatology. 12(1), 1865671.

  • Lambert, J. E., Nantogmah, F., Dokurugu, A. Y., Alhassan, H., Azuure, S. S., Yaro, P. B., &  Kørner, J. (2020). The treatment of mental illness in faith-based and traditional healing centres in Ghana: perspectives of service users and healers. Global Mental Health, 7

  • Banford Witting, A., Hughes Barrow, B., Lambert, J., Whiting, J., Hartshorn, R., Marks, L., ...  & Thanigaseelan, S. (2020). ‘We Have Lost Our Lives Already’: Loss and Coping among Sri Lankan Women. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 1-22. 

  • Banford Witting, A., Lambert, J., Johnson, L. N., Goodkin, C., & Wickrama, T. (2020). The  stigma of widowhood in war and disaster affected communities of Sri Lanka: Contextual paths between trauma exposure and mental health distress. International journal of psychology, 55(4), 647-656.

  • Lambert, J. E., Witting, A. B., James, S., Ponnamperuma, L., & Wickrama, T. (2019). Toward understanding posttraumatic stress and depression among trauma-affected widows in Sri Lanka. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 11(5), 551–558.  

  • Lambert, J. E., Banford Witting, A., Ponnamperuma, L., & Wickrama, T. (2019). Subjective reactions to international research participation: An illustration of ethical considerations with women heading households in Sri Lanka. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(4), 518–523. 

  • Lambert, J. E., Witting, A. B., Anderson, S., Ponnamperuma, L., & Wickrama, T. (2018). Posttraumatic cognitions and depressive symptoms in war and disaster affected widows in Sri Lanka: The role of community support. Contemporary Family Therapy, 40(3), 259-265 

  • Lambert, J.E. & Alhassoon, O.M. (2015). Trauma-focused therapy for refugees: Meta-analytic findings. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62 (1), 28-37.