Clinical Child Psychology Specialty Program (CCPSP) Applicants: Applicants: Postdoctoral Residency Admissions, Support, & Initial Placement Data

Christopher Houck, PhD, (Director) oversees the CCPSP. 

Learn more about the fellowships being offered in our Clinical Child Psychology Specialty Program (CCPSP).  

As of 2017, the following standardized tables of admissions, support and initial placement data are required for all APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship program websites. Please visit the Clinical Psychology Program (CPP) Admissions, Support, & Initial Placement Data tables.  

The Clinical Child Psychology Specialty Program (CCPSP) is part of the Clinical Psychology Program (CPP). The CPP is accredited by the American Psychological Association as a Traditional Practice Program in Clinical Psychology. In the fall, The CCPSP will be submitting its self-study for APA-accreditation as a new specialty program in clinical child psychology.  Postdoctoral fellows in clinically-focused fellowships spend approximately 50-70% time conducting clinical work.

The three aims of the Clinical Postdoctoral Program (CCPSP) are: 

(1) To produce child 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 child 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.

(3) To produce clinical child psychologists who exhibit an advanced competency level with regard to the knowledge and skills specific to the specialty of clinical child psychology (consistent with the APA Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology) to function effectively as independent scientist-practitioners in health service settings.

We offer training emphasis in the area of Clinical Child Psychology.

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. 

CCPSP 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. 

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 strongly encouraged to purchase their own liability insurance (Professional Liability (Malpractice) Insurance for Pre-Licensed Psychologist) while on fellowship.  Future employers may request that you supply proof of insurance while you were in training. 

At this time, the State of Rhode Island mandates that all healthcare providers and healthcare workers have received a complete series of COVID-19 vaccine (one dose of Johnson & Johnson, two doses of Pfizer or Moderna).  The sole exemption in the regulation is a medical exemption. For more information, please visit the Rhode Island Department of Health, COVID-19 Information website.

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 published abstract
  • Poster presentation at Mind/Brain Research Day
  • Grant award from postdoctoral fellow initiated activity

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

CCPSP 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. See Eligibility for more details.