Thursday, April 27, 2006

Passing of a school psychology legend - Nadine Lambert

The following text was posted by Tom Fagan to the NASP listserv re: the sudden passing of a legend in school psychology--Nadine Lambert
  • "Dr. Frank Worrell reported today on the CDSPP listserv the death of Dr. Nadine Murphy Lambert, apparently in an auto accident. Born on October 21, 1926, Nadine was 79 years old. She earned her B.A. in psychology at UCLA in 1948, her M.A.. in education at Los Angeles State U. in 1955, and her PhD in psychology at the University of Southern California in 1965. She worked for the California State Department of Education as a reseach consultant conducting demonstration research programs for emotionally handicapped children in 16 school districts in Southern California. In this capacity she served as a colleague of the reknowned Eli Bower, contributing much to the efforts to establish mental health programs in the schools. She joined the faculty at UC-Berkeley in 1964 as Director of its School Psychology Program, and served on the Berkeley faculty to the present. Among her distinctions she served as president of the CASPP (1962-1963), held the Distinguished Service Award from Division 16 (1980), as well as the Division's Senior Scientist Award (2005), an APA award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Psychology as a Professional Practice (1986), and in 1998-1999 she received APA's award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training. She had also served on and/or chaired the APA Board of Directors and the APA Board of Educational Affairs. If there was an important professional activity or board in school psychology, Nadine was almost always involved. She joined APA in 1956 and became a Fellow of divisions 15 and 16 in 1974. Although not a member of NASP, she was granted Honorary Membership in NASP in 1996. She regularly attended NASP and APA conventions and I had the pleasure of talking with her a few weeks ago at the NASP convention in Anaheim. She was NASP's Legends in School Psychology speaker at its 1998 convention. Her absence is an enormous loss to the school psychology community, although her presence will always be known. You may see a recent photo and brief biography at her departmental website."

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