Clinical Psychology Program (CPP)

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Elizabeth McQuaid, PhD, ABPP, (Director) provides oversight over the CPP. 

The Clinical Psychology Program (CPP) is accredited by the American Psychological Association as a Traditional Practice Program in Clinical Psychology.  Postdoctoral fellows in clinically-focused fellowships spend approximately 50-80% time conducting clinical work.

The three goals of the Clinical Postdoctoral Program (CPP) are:  

(1)  To produce psychologists who exhibit an advanced competency level with regard to professional skills/conduct and ethical standards (consistent with APA principles and local regulations) to function effectively as independent practitioners within health service settings;  
(2)  To produce psychologists who exhibit an advanced competency level with regard to the basic knowledge and skills of research to function effectively as scientist-practitioners within health service settings; and
(3) To produce psychologists who demonstrate an advanced competency level with regard to evidence-based practice and the provision of effective psychological services within health service settings.

We  offer training in four specific emphasis areas (tracks) of clinical psychology; however, our current accreditation status is as a Traditional Program.  Our emphasis areas include: (1) Adult; (2) Child; (3) Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine; and (4) Neuropsychology.  [Note:  Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Program (CNSP) is pursuing specialty accreditation from APA for this program.  Currently, postdoctoral fellows complete one year of accredited training in the PFTP, then an additional year of training that is not part of the accredited program.  Please see the link to the CNSP page for more information]   All postdoctoral fellows are admitted into the Postdoctoral 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.


Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC  20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 / E-mail: