Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine Postdoctoral Training Programs

The Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine (CBPM) hosts a well-established and highly regarded postdoctoral training program, which operates according to the apprenticeship model. Fellows are matched with a primary research scientist mentor based on shared research interests. The mentor provides close supervision during regular meetings and guides the fellow in a systematic plan of research. Fellows typically collaborate with their mentor on their ongoing projects and are encouraged to develop their own research as well. They adhere to the model of successful academic researchers by preparing scientific manuscripts based on their own or collaborative research projects, presenting research at national meetings, and preparing applications for external funding.

Although not all fellows are psychologists, fellowships in the center are offered under the umbrella of the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. The consortium provides many opportunities for didactic training, including, for example, seminars focused on research methods (e.g., biostatistics, research design, qualitative methods), research ethics, grantsmanship, and other career development research topics. Postdoctoral fellowships are one year in duration and are renewable for one or two additional years. Two-year commitments are typical.


Postdoctoral fellowships are funded through three mechanisms.

  • Research grant-funded positions with funds provided by research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), foundations, or hospital funds. The area of training depends on the grant that is funding the position. These positions vary each year. Recent positions have focused on nicotine dependence, physical activity, weight management, cancer survivorship, maternal/child stress response, behavioral cardiology, and HIV prevention and care.
  • Institutional T32-funded fellowships are often supported with NIH-funded T32 grants. These opportunities are related to child mental health, adolescent/young adult biobehavioral HIV, and cardiovascular behavioral medicine research. The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies also offers postdoctoral fellowships funded through the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Applicants with an interest in substance abuse may want to consider these fellowships.
  • Individual fellowships: Postdoctoral fellows are also funded through individual F32 grants from the NIH. These are National Research Service Awards funded by NIH for individual postdoctoral fellows. The applicant must identify a sponsoring institution and a research mentor.

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Current postdoctoral fellows