Research Fellowship Program (RFP)


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

RFP Track Coordinators are: 

Adult: Jennifer Lambert, PhD
Child: Christopher Houck, PhD
Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine: J. Graham Thomas, PhD
Neuropsychology: Jennifer Davis, PhD, ABPP-CN

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.

Our hospital-based research fellowships are funded by individual faculty research grants or Institutional (T32)/Indiviudal (F32) NIH-funded Research Training Grants (Child Mental Health Research, Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine, and Adolescent/Young Adult Biobehavioral HIV).  

This program offers emphasis tracks in (1) Adult; (2) Child; (3) Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine; and (4) Neuropsychology. All postdoctoral fellows are admitted to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program (PFTP) within one of these areas of emphasis which represents career focus or interest. 

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.

Postdoctoral fellowship appointments are granted for a period of one year, with start dates typically ranging from July to September.  Agreement to continue for a second year of training (if available) is decided upon by the fellow and the primary supervisor midway through the first year. The supervisor informs the fellow that he/she would like the fellow 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 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. 

If fellows in the research track intend to practice upon program completion, we recommend they construct their Individualized Training Activities to meet all requirements for licensure in Rhode Island by the end of the fellowship.  


The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program is listed as a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).