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Sources: Michael Lynch, 785-532-7305, mlynch@k-state.edu;
and Dorinda Lambert, 785-532-6927, djlink@k-state.edu

Monday, June 28, 2010

DORINDA LAMBERT NEW DIRECTOR OF K-STATE'S COUNSELING SERVICES

MANHATTAN -- Dorinda Lambert has been named the new director of counseling services at Kansas State University. Lambert previously served as associate director.

Her appointment follows a search to replace out-going director Fred Newton, who will continue to serve with counseling services and the College of Education.

"I am happy about the opportunity to continue working with all the wonderful staff at counseling services and with faculty and staff across the K-State campus," Lambert said.

As director of counseling services, Lambert will oversee the staff and agency operations, facilitate accreditation of the center by regional and national accrediting agencies, provide consultation to university administration and various campus committees, and continue to provide other direct clinical services to students.

Counseling services helps facilitate students' individual growth, overall functioning and their academic success at K-State. Services it offers include crisis consultation, individual and group therapy, biofeedback and stress management training. It also provides educational programs for the campus community and the award-winning online community for students, universitylifecafe.org.

A licensed psychologist, Lambert joined counseling services in 1985 as a counselor and director of the psychology internship training program. She moved to the assistant director position in 1988 and became associate director in 2002. She also serves as director of clinical services.

Along with her administrative responsibilities, Lambert has been involved in therapy work with a focus on adjustment issues and trauma recovery. She also has conducted multiple workshops and consultations on communication skills, assertiveness and conflict management for the campus community.

Deeply committed to fostering a fair and equitable campus community, Lambert has served as chair of the university's Campaign for Nonviolence since 2000. She helped revitalize and expand K-State's Safezone program in 2003 and has acted as the program's coordinator since 2007.

"We are pleased to have a director with so much clinical and supervisory experience, said Michael Lynch, associate vice president for student life at K-State. "We are confident our students and campus community will benefit greatly from Dr. Lambert's leadership."

Lambert currently serves on the psychology advisory committee for Kansas' Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. She has been a past president of the Kansas Psychological Association and represented the state on the governance board of the American Psychological Association. She also worked with the association's Commission on Accreditation from 1989-2008 as a site visitor reviewing pre-doctoral internship programs at various university counseling agencies.

Lambert earned a bachelor's in psychology from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill., and has a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling with a specialization in gerontology and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.