Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program

Elissa Jelalian, PhD, Director


The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program (PFTP), within the Clinical Psychology Training Programs at Brown: A Consortium of the Providence VA Medical Center, Lifespan, and Care New Enlgand, was formally established during the 1992-1993 academic year and listed as a professional psychology postdoctoral training program by APPIC at that time.  By centralizing the operations in 1992, the PFTP became a Brown University, Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (DPHB) program rather than a hospital-based program.  The PFTP also established an administrative structure, as well as policies and procedures for all fellowships. In addition, the Consortium's name was changed from “Internship Consortium” to “Training Consortium” in 1992 in recognition of the equal emphasis of the program on predoctoral and postdoctoral training.


The PFTP is coordinated by the Clinical Psychology Training Programs at Brown: A Consortium of the Providence VA Medical Center, Lifespan, and Care New England.  The Consortium is centrally controlled through a Training Committee within the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (DPHB) of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.   The Training Committee is the central coordinating body of the program's policies and goals.  Elissa Jelalian, PhD provides oversight over all postdoctoral training within the Consortium.  Four senior postdoctoral fellows are elected each year, by their peers, to represent the fellowship class at the monthly Training Committee meetings.  

Postdoctoral fellow selection and evaluation of the postdoctoral fellow's performance is the responsibility of the primary faculty supervisor at the specific hospital where training is provided with oversight provided by the Training Committee. Each hospital is administratively independent and each site provides sole financial support for its postdoctoral fellow. 

The PFTP is responsible for maintaining records of all current postdoctoral fellows and alumni to the Clinical Psychology Program (CPP), Clinical Child Psychology Specialty Program (CCPSP), Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Program (CNSP), and Research Fellowship Program (RFP). 


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Elissa Jelalian, PhD provides oversight over all postdoctoral training within the Consortium.  The PFTP has four Divisions: the Clinical Psychology Program (CPP), the Clinical Child Psychology Specialty Program (CCPSP), the Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Program (CNSP), and the Research Fellowship Program (RFP).

To be considered a postdoctoral fellow, the trainee must have met all requirements for their doctoral degree, including successful defense of the doctoral dissertation (which includes submission and final approval by the dissertation committee of any changes requested at the time of the dissertation defense).  In rare cases, an applicant has not completed all degree requirements as expected, prior to the agreed upon start date.  In such cases, hospitals may allow the applicant to work as staff under a title other than postdoctoral fellow (e.g. Research Associate) until they complete requirements for their doctoral degree.  Only after the degree has been awarded, will they begin the PFTP and receive the title of postdoctoral fellow.

Postdoctoral fellows who wish to apply for licensure are advised that state licensing boards may or may not recognize clinical hours accrued prior to the official university degree granting date if it is later than the date the dissertation committee and chair signed their approval of the final dissertation.

In order to be considered a postdoctoral fellow, the trainee must spend at least 60% of the time at a Brown-affiliated hospital with a Brown faculty member.  Postdoctoral fellows may spend up to a maximum of 40% of the time at another site, if this has been agreed upon 1) with one’s individual faculty mentor, 2) by the CPP/CCPSP/CNSP/RFP Director, and 3) approved by the Training Committee.  The Training Committee typically approves time off-site if 1) it is at another university and 2) it involves research related to the main area of study as one’s postdoctoral fellowship experience.  Clinical activities that occur off-site may be approved only if the placement is supervised by a Brown faculty member within the consortium.  [Due to covid-19, training activities, including research and clinical activities, may be modified (transitioned to remote or in-person) in accordance with supervisor, local, institutional, and governmental policies and guidelines for mitigating coronavirus spread]

In order to graduate from the program as a postdoctoral fellow and receive a certificate of completion, the fellow must complete a full calendar year in the fellowship with a doctoral degree.


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

Clinically focused fellowships are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  Our program was re-accredited in 2016; our next site visit will be in the academic year 2022.  

The Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty Program  (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, to APA for review.  

The Clinical Child Psychology Specialty Program (CCPSP) In the Fall of 2020, the CCPSP submitted it's self-study to APA for specialty accreditation in child psychology.  The CCPSP is currently part of the APA-accredited CPP. 

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]

The Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS) and promotes a clinical science approach to training.