Our Approach

At the core of our business is helping people live up to their full potential. With SHARP MIND Consulting, we help organizations select the right people using leading-edge psychological assessments and advanced behavioral interviews.  We are trusted coaches who accelerate development and who partner with organizations to produce stronger leaders and teams. With SHARP MIND Research, we apply the latest advancements in neuroscience and online cognitive training to develop skills not taught in traditional training programs. We improve the ability to read people and situations that allows individuals to interact with others more effectively and perform safely in high risk jobs. We work with organizations to conduct the scientific research needed to apply cognitive training to its maximum potential in helping people perform optimally and safely.

Our Story

Dr. Gary Lambert is the founder and President of SHARP MIND, a consulting and research firm dedicated to helping people and organizations achieve their full potential.

He completed his doctorate in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology and over the past +25 years, served  in various leadership positions for organizations such as CarMax, Northrop-Grumman, Right Management, MeadWestvaco, LandAmerica Financial Group, and Randolph-Macon College. During that time, he also consulted with a wide variety of companies and organizations. In 2012, he used his experience and passion to help others to create SHARP MIND.  This entrepreneurial endeavor allows him to consult with organizations and leverage his deep business experience to  identify, develop and deploy talent with maximum effect. SHARP MIND also allows him to do the cutting-edge research that holds so much potential for applying advances in neuroscience to help people perform at their best, especially in high risk jobs.

Meet the Team


SHARP MIND is a unique partnership that brings together the diverse skills and experience of Dr. Gary Lambert, Dr. Michael Merzenich and Dr. Robyn McDougle. We bring scientific rigor to the business world.

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Dr. Gary Lambert

Founder & President,


With over 25 years of serving and consulting with a wide variety of companies and organizations, Gary has gained the practical, hands on HR/OD experience in Talent Management, Leadership Development and OD Consulting that allows him to help individuals and organizations deliver high-quality, practical, business results.  As an adjunct professor at Randolph-Macon College he teaches and guides the applied research that fuels SHARP MIND Research.


Dr. Michael Merzenich

Chief Scientific Officer, Posit Science

Founder & President, Brain Plasticity Institute

Professor Emeritus, UCSF

For more than three decades, Dr. Merzenich has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. Dr. Merzenich has published more than 150 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as Science and Nature), received numerous awards and prizes and been granted nearly 100 patents for his work.


Dr. Robyn Diehl McDougle

Associate Professor, Interim director of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute

Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. McDougle's research involves working with service-based organizations and law enforcement agencies to evaluate the efficacy of programs offered to residents in communities that suffer many of the negative consequences resulting from high levels of crime, specifically violent crime.