The Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services (MIDAS) project is an ongoing study of diagnosis, assessment, and outcome in routine clinical practice. Post-doctoral fellows are brought in as diagnostic interviewers in this project. They are thoroughly trained in the semi-structured assessment interview and DSM-IV diagnostic criteria and they conduct the evaluations. It has been our experience during the past several years that the level of diagnostic precision required in the MIDAS project is beyond that normally taught in clinical psychology PhD programs; consequently, the first three months of the fellowship are devoted to training in our protocols.
Postdoctoral Training Programs at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine
There is a large postdoctoral training program based at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine. Post-doctoral fellows are funded through a variety of mechanisms, including T32 institutional grants, F32 individual training grants and investigator initiated awards. The postdoctoral training program in the centers, under the direction of Andrew Busch, PhD, operates according to the apprenticeship model. Fellows at the centers are Brown University fellows. Fellows are assigned a primary faculty supervisor based largely on mutual and overlapping research interests.
The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is designed to provide specialty training in early childhood disorders, disorders of school-age children, adolescent psychopathology and developmental disabilities.