Dr. Ruth Lambert Ph.D.

Dr. Ruth   Lambert Ph.D. Affectionately known as “Dr. Ruth”, nationally recognized, administrator, program specialist, adoption expert, child advocate, community organizer, social worker and family preservationist, founded Institute for Family Life and Preservation, Inc. in 1994. IFLAP’s primary goal is to serve as a mechanism for providing suitable, stable and permanent families for children which maximally meet the child’s developmental needs. She is the organizer/founder of the Indiana Healthy Marriage and Family Coalition (IHMFC) that contains community and African American Healthy Marriage and Family components. The Coalition, under her inspiring leadership, has been recognized by the Presidents Faith and Community Based Initiative as one of the top thirteen Healthy Marriage Coalitions in the nation additionally the coalition was awarded the first regional “Stepping Out Award” that recognized the IHMFC for their outstanding efforts in building the statewide capacity for the healthy marriage initiative. She currently serves as the project principal investigator for the Indiana Healthy Marriage Demonstration Grant Project which is a statewide program focusing on building a better community one family and marriage at a time through intensive education, grassroots mobilization, and community partnerships. * Dr. Lambert, a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas has work experience including Program and Policy Consultant and Educational and Administrative Consultant for the State of Indiana, Child Welfare Social Services Division, Consultant, Special Needs Adoption Project; Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Women Affairs Dean of Women, Academic Dean, Dean of Students, Executive Director Elkhart Urban League, Inc., Job Placement Specialist, teacher and counselor. She has also served on numerous boards and committees. * Dr. Lambert received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (formally Arkansas AM&N College), Masters of Science from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, with emphasis on Child Development and Advanced Family Relations and Doctorate of Philosophy from Michigan State University. She is also a Certified Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Certified Social Worker and a Certified Family Life Educator. She is also a certified facilitator instructor for the following curriculum: How to Make Your Good Thing Better and Parenting Program (designed to be delivered to the African American population); Bridal Blessings; 8 Habits of a Successful Marriage; and FAMLI – Lasting Love: Skills for a Better Relationship/Marriage. * She has instituted several national and local programs. To name a few: Taking the Lead, Teaching Families to Read Program; Indiana Healthy Marriage Initiative; being the founder/organizer/consultant and charter member of the Robinson Community A.M.E. Community Foundation, Inc.; and organizer of Delta Family Life Education Program, Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter.