Research Fellowship Program (RFP) Applicants

Elissa Jelalian, PhD, (Director) provides oversight over the RFP.

Learn more about the fellowships being offered in our Research fellowship Program (RFP).

Learn more about the  fellowships being offered on NIH-funded T32 Training Grants.

We  offer training in four specific emphasis areas (tracks) of clinical psychology.  All RFP postdoctoral fellows are admitted to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program (PFTP) within one of these areas of emphasis which represents their career focus or interest:

1) ADULT TRACK
Caren Francione, PhD, Track Coordinator 
The focus of the Adult track research fellowship is to provide advanced research experience and promote the development of independent investigators in the assessment, and treatment, and etiology of adult psychiatric disorders.  Adult research fellowships are typically offered at the Brown Medical School, Rhode Island Hospital, Butler Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

2) CHILD TRACK 
Christopher Houck, PhD, Track Coordinator
The focus of Child track research fellowships is to provide advanced research experience and promote the development of independent investigators in research relating to child behavioral health.  Fellowships are funded through faculty research grants and an existing T32 fellowship in Child Mental Health.  Child track research fellowships are typically offered at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital (pediatric health focus) and Bradley Hospital (child mental health focus). 

3) HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY/BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE TRACK
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 relation between behavior and physical health/illness, the role of behavior change in preventing and treating illness, the biopsychosocial model of illness, and the application of this knowledge to clinical practice and research. Fellowships are typically funded through faculty research grants, and two T32 fellowships (Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine and Adolescent/Young Adult HIV Prevention).  These fellowships are typically available at The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, Butler Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

4) NEUROPSYCHOLOGY TRACK 
Jennifer Davis, PhD, ABPP-CN, Track Coordinator   
The Neuropsychology track fellowship is designed to provide advanced research experience in neuropsychology to promote the development of independent investigators in brain-behavior relationships. The Fellowship also offers supplementary clinical neuropsychological experiences, if desired.  Neuropsychology research fellowships are typically offered at Rhode Island Hospital and Butler Hospital.

All postdoctoral fellowships are full-time, salary positions. 

All candidates for admission are held to the onboarding requirements of the hospital in which they will be employed.  All candidates for admission who are clinical/counseling/school psychologists are also required to purchase their own Professional Liability (Malpractice) Insurance for Pre-Licensed Psychologists.  A copy of the fellow's policy will be kept on file.

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.