Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Program (CNSP) Applicants: Admissions, Support, & Initial Placement Data

Stephen Correia, PhD, ABPP-CN, (Director) and Jennifer Davis, PhD, ABPP-CN (Associate Director) provide oversight of the CNSP. 

Learn more about the fellowships being offered in our Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Program (CNSP)

As of 2017, the following standardized tables of admissions, support and initial placement data are required for all APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship program websites. The Clinical Psychology Program tables are updated annually.
Postdoctoral Residency Program Tables
Date Program Tables are updated: 8/8/19
Postdoctoral Program Admissions
Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on postdoctoral fellowship selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

The Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Program (CNSP) was formerly the Neuropsychology Track within the CPP.   As of October 28, 2018, the CNSP is “accredited, on contingency” as a new specialty program in clinical neuropsychology by the American Psychological Association (APA).   In accordance with APA guidelines, the CNSP is eligible for full accreditation status after submitting trainee outcome data on or before September 01, 2022 for review.  CNSP postdoctoral fellows complete two years of accredited training in the CNSP and fellows will receive a certification of completion only after completing 2 years of training.   Two years of CNSP fellowship training is consistent with the Houston Conference Guidelines on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology and with requirements for ABPP Board Certification.

CNSP fellows’ eligibility to continue for a second year of training is decided upon by the postdoctoral fellow and the primary supervisor midway through the first year. The supervisor informs the postdoctoral fellow that he/she would like him/her to stay a second year by mid-December.  Postdoctoral fellows must make a decision by January 1st in order to allow sufficient time to recruit a replacement.  

The CNSP offers postdoctoral specialty training in both adult and pediatric clinical neuropsychology.  Training experiences vary across settings depending on patient populations.  The CNSP adheres to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program (PFTP) philosophy that all postdoctoral fellows in clinical psychology should have clinical and research exposure during their training.  CNSP fellows devote 70% time to clinical activities, 20% time to research, and 10% to formal required didactic experiences. The exact nature of clinical and research training is determined on an individual basis in collaboration with each of the faculty mentors.

The three aims of the CNSP are:  

  1. To produce neuropsychologists 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 neuropsychologists 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 neuropsychologists who exhibit an advanced competency level with regard to the knowledge and skills specific to the specialty of clinical neuropsychology (consistent with the Houston Conference Guidelines) to function effectively as independent scientist-practitioners in health service settings.  

Clinical training supports postdoctoral fellows in establishing clinical proficiency, while integrating a professional role that is well grounded in ethics and mental health practice.  By the end of the fellowship, the postdoctoral fellow should attain advanced competence in the knowledge-base and clinical skills required for their area of emphasis and should be able to function independently in a similar clinical program in a new location. 

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.

Definition of 20% Research Component 

All approved postdoctoral fellowships in the PFTP will contain a minimum of 20% effort devoted to research.  It is the supervisor’s responsibility to provide a training experience that will meet this requirement. 

The 20% research experience should be active work that is conducted by the postdoctoral fellow (not completely delegated to others), and it should be geared toward producing a traditional scientific product (e.g. manuscript, presentation at a national professional meeting, grant application, instrument development).  Postdoctoral fellows decide on the appropriate research activity in conjunction with the faculty supervisor.  Ultimately, it is the postdoctoral fellow’s choice to determine the specific project.  Examples of appropriate activities include generating a project from the supervisor’s existing database; designing and implementing a new study; publishing work on projects begun prior to the fellowship including the dissertation.  All individualized training activities for postdoctoral fellows must include explicit goals and activities for this research component.

Primary supervisors are responsible for identifying an independent research supervisor for their postdoctoral fellows.  It is the responsibility of the primary supervisor to monitor that the fellow’s research goals are being met, and that research opportunities reasonably allow for these goals to be achieved.  The primary supervisor should meet with the research supervisor to work out a mechanism to ensure that this is accomplished. 

It is the supervisor’s and home institution’s obligation to provide at least minimal resources for the postdoctoral fellow to achieve their research goals (e.g., computing, access to statistical software, research administration/IRB services, assessment space)

The 20% effort (8 hours per week) may include the research didactic component of the PFTP (DPHB Core Seminars). Clinical seminars are not included in the 20% time. 

Any one of the following would represent an appropriate product from a research activity: 

  • Peer reviewed publications e.g. journal article
  • Book chapter
  • Invited articles in professional journals
  • Academic presentations within and outside of Brown Medical School
  • Poster presentation, or paper presentation at a regional or national professional meeting, preferably with a publish abstract Grants
  • Grant award from postdoctoral fellow initiated activity
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
CNSP applicants must have: 1) met all requirements for doctoral degree, including defense, at time fellowship starts; 2) Health Service Providers must hold a doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program or equivalent; and 3) must come from an APA-accredited internship or equivalent.  In addition, applicants to the Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Program (CNSP) must have completed an internship with a Major Area of Study in Clinical Neuropsychology (based on APA  Taxonomy).  See Eligibility for more details.
Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*
Affiliated Hospitals and Brown University
Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time postdoctoral fellows 

$50,004 yr. 1

$50,376 yr. 2

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time postdoctoral fellows n/a
Program provides access to medical insurance for postdoctoral fellows?
Yes

If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required?
Yes

Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) Varies by Institution
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave Varies by Institution
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? 
Yes

Other Benefits (please describe): n/a
VA Medical Center
Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time postdoctoral fellows 

$50,941 yr. 1

$53,695 yr. 2

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time postdoctoral fellows n/a
Program provides access to medical insurance for postdoctoral fellows?
Yes

If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required?
Yes

Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available?
No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 104
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave 104
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? 
Yes

Other Benefits (please describe): n/a
Initial Post-Residency Positions    
(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)    
  2016-2019
Total # of residents who were in the 3 cohorts 14
Total # of residents who remain in training in the residency program 4
  PD EP
Community mental health center   4
Federally qualified health center    
Independent primary care facility/clinic  
University counseling center     
Veterans Affairs medical center    1
Military health center     
Academic health center     
Other medical center or hospital  1 2
Psychiatric hospital   
Academic university/department
 
Community college or other teaching setting  
Independent research institution    
Correctional facility    
School district/system  
Independent practice setting   1
Not currently employed    
Changed to another field    
Other    
Unknown  1
Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time.  For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.

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: [email protected]
Web:  www.apa.org/ed/accreditation