Clinical Psychology Training Programs at Brown: A Consortium of the Providence VA Medical Center, Lifespan, and Care New England

The Clinical Psychology Training Programs at Brown began in 1975 as a joint effort through Butler Hospital and the Providence VA Medical Center.  The training program functions as a consortium and is composed of eight training sites including Butler Hospital, the Providence VA Medical Center, E.P. Bradley Hospital, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital, and Brown.  Each of these training sites is administratively independent, but each site contributes faculty, financial support, and other resources to the Clinical Psychology Training Programs. Each site has at least two appropriately trained and experienced psychologists who have input into the governance and policies of the training program.

The Consortium is centrally controlled through a Training Committee that is within the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (DPHB).   The Training Committee, through the Director of Training, is responsible to the Director of the Division of Clinical Psychology and the Chairman of the DPHB. Representatives from each of the eight institutions are appointed to the Training Committee by the Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Programs at Brown.   In addition, clinical psychology resident and postdoctoral fellow representatives are appointed to the Training Committee.

The Training Committee, under the leadership of Elizabeth McQuaid, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Programs at Brown, is the central coordinating body of the Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program and Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program policies and goals. Admission principles and procedures, dtermination of stipends, assignment of trainees for training and supervision, quality control of the training experience, and evaluation of trainees’ performance are uniform at all sites and administered by the Training Committee.  It is policy that the training office retains an electronic copy of all Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program and Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program alumni files indefinitely.

The Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program  provides training at the predoctoral level for students interested in careers relevant to clinical science, research, and practice.  The overall training philosophy of the program reflects a commitment to the development of psychologists who will apply scientific knowledge to human behavior in clinical practice and who will advance clinical science research. The Director of Training is Elizabeth McQuaid, PhD, ABPP.  The Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program also has two Associate Directors.  The Associate Director of Admissions (Greta Francis, PhD, ABPP) coordinates the internship admissions process and the Associate Director of Didactics (Elissa Jelalian, PhD) oversees all of the didactic programming within the Consortium. 

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program (PFTP) has three Divisions.  Elizabeth McQuaid, PhD, ABPP provides oversight over all postdoctoral training within the Consortium.  The PFTP includes:

1) The APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Program (CPP) provides general training in clinical psychology (Traditional Practice Program) within a hospital-based setting. This program offers emphasis tracks in Adult, Child, and Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine. Postdoctoral fellows who have completed the one-year APA-accredited program may elect to stay a second year for additional clinical/research training.  (Elizabeth McQuaid, PhD, ABPP, is Director of this program)

2) The Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Program (CNSP) provides training in clinical neuropsychology within a hospital-based setting that is consistent with Houston Conference Guidelines.  The CNSP was formerly the Neuropsychology Track within the CPP.  The CNSP is currently pursuing specialty accreditation from APA. Until specialty accreditation is received, current and incoming CNSP fellows have the same accreditation status as CPP fellows.  CNSP postdoctoral fellows complete one year of accredited training in the CPP (above) as part of the Traditional Practice Program in the emphasis area of neuropsychology, then an additional year of training that is not part of the accredited program.  When specialty accreditation is received, both CNSP fellowship years will be accredited.  (Stephen Correia, PhD, ABPP-CN, is Director of the CNSP and Jennifer Davis, PhD, ABPP-CN, is Associate Director)

3) The postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program (RFP) provides postdoctoral research training for individuals from various disciplines related to behavioral science. These primarily research focused fellowships are hospital-based fellowships funded by individual faculty research grants or NIH T32/F32 Training Grants.  This program offers emphasis tracks in Adult, Child, Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine, and Neuropsychology. (Elizabeth McQuaid, PhD, ABPP, is Director of this program and Geoffrey Tremont, PhD, ABPP-CN, is Associate Director)

Click Administrative Structure to view an organization chart of the Training Committee and to identify faculty in charge of the various training components.

Click the Center for Alcohol and Addictions Studies for details on training programs in:

  • Alcohol Intervention/Treatment Outcome Research
  • Substance Abuse Intervention Outcome Research

The Training Program is a member of the Internship and Postdoctoral Programs in Professional Psychology (APPIC) and the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS).

The Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program and Clinical Postdoctoral Programs (CPP) within the Traditional Practice Program are accredited by:

American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC  20002-4242 
Phone:  202-336-5979
Web:     http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/

 

The Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Program  (CNSP) is not currently Specialty accredited by the APA.  We are in the process of applying for specialty accreditation in Clinical Neuropsychology.  

See above regarding APA-accreditation status for current and incoming CNSP fellows.