Clinical Psychology Program (CPP)


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

CPP Track Coordinators are: 

Adult: Caren Francione, PhD
Child: Christopher Houck, PhD
Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine: J. Graham Thomas, PhD

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 aims of the 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 three specific emphasis areas (tracks) of clinical psychology; however, our current accreditation status is as a Traditional Practice Program.  

Our emphasis areas include: (1) Adult; (2) Child; and (3) Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine.  All postdoctoral fellows are admitted into the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program (PFTP) within one of these areas of emphasis which represents their career focus or interest. 

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. 

APA-accredited CPP fellowship positions are one year in duration.  In some cases, a second year of fellowship may be available when there are opportunities to continue clinical and research training in more depth. [Note:  This second year is not an “APA-accredited” fellowship year, but is designated as a Brown postdoctoral fellowship year.]  Agreement to continue for a second year of training, when available, 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. 

Although postdoctoral fellows are paid for a 40 hour week, most find it necessary to work approximately 50 hours a week to best achieve their personal research and clinical career goals during their fellowship training year. 

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 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



Questions related to the program's accredited 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]