Primary Faculty

Kimberly P. Brown, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Ph.D., University of Alabama
B.A., Duke University

Brief Bio
Dr. Kimberly Brown has been a member of the faculty since 2002. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and is board certified (ABPP) in forensic psychology. She completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University, graduating summa cum laude. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in law from the University of Alabama. As part of her degree, she had coursework, research, and practicum experiences specific to the specialty field of forensic psychology. She then completed a forensic psychology predoctoral internship at Napa State Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of Washington/Western State Hospital.

Dr. Brown is the Director of the Vanderbilt Forensic Evaluation Team, which provides court-ordered criminal adult and juvenile forensic evaluations for Davidson County. While Dr. Brown conducts a variety of evaluations in both the civil and criminal arenas, her main area of specialty is criminal forensic psychology, including various types of competency assessments, mental state at the time of the alleged offense evaluations, risk assessment of violence and sexual offending, evaluations pertaining to the intellectually disabled/mentally retarded in the judicial system, and assessment of psychopathy, malingering, and personality disorders.

In addition, she conducts pre-employment psychological evaluations for job applicants in safety sensitive positions and fitness for duty evaluations for impaired professionals (e.g., physicians). Dr. Brown supervises and trains psychiatry residents, psychiatry child fellows, and psychology interns in conducting forensic evaluations. She also teaches seminars pertaining to issues of forensic psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Law School at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Brown has conducted over 2000 forensic evaluations (both criminal and civil), has treated post-trial forensic patients in various states, and has received awards for her leadership and research in forensic psychology. She served as chair of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Risk Assessment Committee, which developed a protocol for risk assessment across all TN state hospitals. She was awarded the NAMI Ambassador of Hope Award for Outstanding Advocate in Criminal Justice. She has provided expert testimony about 100 times at both the state and federal level.

Clinical Interests
Forensic psychology – competency and insanity evaluations, violence risk assessment, psychopathy, fitness for duty, malingering, personality disorders

Research Interests
Forensic psychology, competency to stand trial, insanity defense, malingering, psychopathy, fitness for duty evaluations, personality assessment, racial bias in the criminal justice system

Representative publications

  1. 3. Iannelli, R.J., Finlayson, A.J.R., Brown, K.P., Neufeld, R., Gray, R., Dietrich, M.S., & Martin, P.R. Suicidal Behavior among Physicians Referred for Fitness-for-Duty Evaluation. 2014.

PubMed Listing of Vanderbilt Publications