Michael Canute Lambert is a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research foci include biopsychosocial functioning and adjustment in children, adults, and families as well as measuring such adjustment across such diverse groups. Part of this work focuses on biases that can emerge when using measures (e.g., questionnaire, checklists, tests) to assess people from different socioethnic groups. To address such biases, part of Lambert’s research focuses on the use of psychometric procedures to reduce or eliminate such biases nationally and internationally.
Degrees and LicensesPh.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MSS, Bryn Mawr College
Primary ProgramDoctoral Education
CertificationsLicensed Psychologist with Health Service Provider Certification
Research and Professional InterestsMeasurement of Behavior
Treatment of Trauma
The Early Childhood Commission, Kingston Jamaica (2018-2019). Psychometrician in charge norming the Family Support Screening Tool created to identify strengths and difficulties in families with children from birth through early education years. Designed the psychometric research project including the research design. Conduct the necessary psychometric data analyses, wrote technical report and test administration manual.
Victims Support Division, Ministry of Justice, Kingston, Jamaica. Psychometrician in charge of modifying and norming the Missing Children Risk Assessment Tool designed to be administered to adolescents ages 11-17 to assess adolescents at risk for going missing. Reviewed the existing tool, conducted literature search to modify and add items to the tool. Consulted with local experts who reviewed the tool, suggested modifications, and additional items that should be added the tool. Designed data collection procedures to collect data on 1,200 adolescents nation-wide. Conduct the necessary psychometric data analyses, wrote technical report and test administration manual.
Lambert, M. C., Levitch, A. H., Lambert, C. T. M., Hickling, F., Samms-Vaughan, Ramkissoon, M., Gibson, R., & Albritton, T. (in press). The Caribbean Symptom Checklist: A Culturally valid multidimensional measure of psychological functioning in English speaking Caribbean nations. Caribbean Journal of Psychology.
Robinson, J. & Lambert, M.C. (in press). Historical Development of Psychological Assessment in the Caribbean. In S. Laher (Ed). The International Histories of Psychological Assessment. London, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Van Deinse, T. B., Cuddeback, G. S., Wilson, A. B., Edwards, D., Lambert, M. C., (in press). Variation in Criminogenic Risks by Mental Health Symptom Severity: Implications for Mental Health Services and Research. Psychiatry Quarterly.
Rescorla, L. A., Althoff, R. R., Achenbach, T. M., Ivanova, M. Y., Lambert, M. C. (International ASEBA Consortium), et al (2019). Effects of society and culture on parents’ ratings of children’s mental health problems in 45 societies. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-018-01268-3
Rescorla, L. A., Blumenfeld, M. C., Ivanova, M.Y. Achenbach, T. M., Lambert, M.C. (International ASEBA Consortium) et al. (2019). International comparisons of the dysregulation profile based on reports by parents, adolescents, and teachers; Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48(6), 866-880. https://doi-org. /10.1080/15374416.2018.1469090
Presentations, Workshops and MediaLambert, M. C. & Robinson, J. (2019). Affordable, Accessible and Culturally Sensitive Psychological Assessment and Intervention across Caribbean Nations. Keynote address presented at the Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology. Kingston, Jamaica.
Lambert, M. C. (2018). Using item response theory and traditional measurement theory guided models to inform a multidimensional method of measuring socioeconomic status in low and middle-income countries. Paper presented at the JA Kids Research Preconference. Kingston, Jamaica.
Lambert, M. C. Levitch, A. (2018) The Caribbean Symptom Checklist: Unbiased assessment of adolescents and adults of the African Diaspora. Paper presented at the 50th Convention of The Association of Black Psychologists, Oakland, CA.
Lambert, M. C. Levitch, A. (2017) The Caribbean Symptom Checklist: A Culturally Valid Multidimensional Measure of Psychological Functioning In Persons of the African Diaspora. Paper presented at the 49th Convention of The Association of Black Psychologists, Houston, TX.
Implementing Evidence-Informed Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups
Treatment of Trauma and Violence
Measurement in Intervention Research