Outside Activities (Moonlighting)

Some postdoctoral fellows may choose to seek employment outside of their clinical and research settings.  There are several requirements that fellows must follow regarding the nature of these moonlighting activities: 

  • Fellows may not engage in activities for which they are not professionally prepared.  For example, providing direct psychological services requires that the provider be licensed in the jurisdiction where the services are rendered.  Thus, an unlicensed fellow may not provide such services.
  • Fellows may not present themselves as affiliated with Brown University when they engage in moonlighting employment activities (unless the employment is at a Brown affiliated site).  This prohibition includes advertising, use of business cards, description of credentials, etc.
  • Fellows must assume liability for the professional activities associated with their moonlighting employment.  Malpractice and liability coverage provided in the Brown clinical and research sites does not extend outside of those settings.  It is the professional obligation of fellows to be appropriately insured when working outside of their clinical and research settings.
  • Moonlighting experiences cannot in any way interfere with the usual work schedule of the fellow in his or her clinical and research settings.  Any request to alter work schedules must be approved by the supervisor(s) in advance, and such approval is at the total discretion of the supervisor(s). 
  • For fellows who are not meeting their research and/or clinical training goals, supervisors may legitimately question whether moonlighting activities are contributing to poor performance in the training program.  A remediation plan (mutually agreed upon by fellows and supervisors) may include a provision that the fellow will not engage in any moonlighting employment.
  • All moonlighting employment experiences that involve activities that fall under the broad sphere of the fellow’s professional group must adhere to the ethical standards of that profession.
  • Fellows may not engage in moonlighting employment with any of their clinical or research supervisors.  This is considered a conflict of interest, which could be to the detriment of the fellows’ training experience.  Fellows may, however, moonlight in their home institutions if they are under the supervision of individuals who are not part of their primary training supervision team.
  • Supervised clinical hours accumulated during moonlighting activities are not part of the supervised activities to which Brown faculty supervisors can ethically attest as part of the fellow’s training experience.  These experiences must be confirmed by the moonlighting supervisor. Moonlighting activities are unlikely to provide sufficient hours for licensure, even when confirmed by moonlighting supervisor.
  • Fellows are strongly advised to discuss moonlighting opportunities with their supervisors prior to making commitments to those activities.  This will minimize the possibility that the moonlighting will interfere with their training experience.  Although moonlighting is considered the fellow’s private and personal experience, this advice is meant to minimize potential problems that might arise.
  • Federal guidelines stipulate that T32/F32 fellows must limit their moonlighting to 10 hours per week.  All clinical/research fellows are strongly advised to limit moonlighting employment to no more than 10 hours per week.  Although the time commitment of these experiences are not regulated by the Brown program, exceeding this 10-hour limit will typically interfere with the quality of the training experience.  Furthermore, fellows may not engage in employment activities that would violate time or salary limits specified in the policies of their home institutions.
  • Failure to adhere to these policies and procedures will be considered as cause for termination from the Clinical Psychology Training Programs at Brown.

All fellows are asked to sign the Moonlighting Form which certifies that they understand the conditions under which they may engage in moonlighting employment experiences.