Research Fellowship Program (RFP)

Click here for a listing of available Research fellowships.

Click here for available fellowships on NIH-funded T32 Training Grants.

Elizabeth McQuaid, PhD, ABPP, (Director) and Geoffrey Tremont, PhD, ABPP-CN (Associate Director) provides oversight over the RFP. 

Postdoctoral fellows in a research-focused fellowships spend at least 60% and up to 100% of their time on research. The primary goal of the research track is to develop both the knowledge base and the skills to begin an independent research career within the chosen area of emphasis. This will include:

1) a critical understanding of the literature and the current issues in the field; and
2) the ability to independently develop a specific research project.

Postdoctoral fellows whose positions have a primary research focus are most often provided with experience working on grant-funded projects. Close supervision is provided for experimental design, research techniques and grant writing.  Grant writing is a focus of the training in some, but not all, of the fellowships.

The primary activities on a research fellowship may include: developing a grant proposal which is submitted for funding; propose, design, and implement a small research project; and/or conduct secondary data analyses on existing data sets. Projects are typically conducted in collaboration with the faculty advisor and can take advantage of ongoing programmatic research at Brown University.

We  offer training in four specific emphasis areas (tracks) of clinical psychology.  Our emphasis areas include: (1) Adult; (2) Child; (3) Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine; and (4) Neuropsychology. All postdoctoral fellows are admitted to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program within one of these areas of emphasis which represents their career focus or interest. 

Jennifer Lambert, PhD, Track Coordinator 

The focus of the Adult track is to promote expertise in the assessment and treatment of adult psychiatric disorders, and to prepare postdoctoral fellows for careers that integrate clinical research with clinical practice. Adult clinical fellowships are typically offered at the Brown Medical School, Rhode Island Hospital, Butler Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Christopher Houck, PhD, Track Coordinator

The general goal of the Child track is to allow the postdoctoral fellow to gain greater depth of knowledge and clinical experience in specific areas of clinical or research interest within child or pediatric psychology. Clinical child training, with an emphasis on developmental psychopathology is available at Bradley Hospital, a children's psychiatric hospital. Training in Pediatric Psychology at Rhode Island Hospital provides a broad exposure to clinical services across chronic and psychosomatic illness and focused research with a specific pediatric population. 

J. Graham Thomas, PhD, Track Coordinator  

The primary purpose of the Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine track is to enable postdoctoral fellows to gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between behavior and physical health/illness, the role of behavior change in chronic disease prevention and the biopsychosocial model of illness, and the application of this knowledge to clinical practice and research. These fellowships are typically available at The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, Butler Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Jennifer Davis, PhD, ABPP-CN Track Coordinator                    

The Neuropsychology track fellowship is designed to provide both didactic and experiential training in assessment, consultation, and treatment methods in neuropsychology. Specialization in a specific area, such as rehabilitation, gerontology, child, general medicine or neuropsychiatry, is available at the various training sites. Postdoctoral fellows are exposed to both quantitative and qualitative approaches to neuropsychological assessment and undertake a specific research project during training. Consistent with INS/APA Division 40 guidelines for neuropsychology training, postdoctoral fellows are also required to participate in didactic training. These fellowships are usually available at all of the consortium hospitals.