Primary Faculty

Kimberly P. Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Ph.D., University of Alabama (Psychology)
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 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 Psychological Services and oversees all clinical activities of psychologists in the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry. She is also Director of the Vanderbilt Forensic Evaluation Team, which provides court-ordered criminal adult and juvenile forensic evaluations for Davidson County, TN. She is experienced in conducting various types of assessments including: competencies, mental state at the time of the alleged offense, risk of violence and sexual offending, psychopathy, malingering, personality disorders, and evaluations pertaining to the intellectually disabled/mentally retarded in the judicial system.

In addition, Dr. Brown 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 forensic patients in various states, and has received awards for her leadership, teaching, and research in forensic psychology. She has provided expert testimony about 100 times at both the state and federal levels.

Clinical Interests
Forensic psychology – competency and insanity evaluations, violence risk assessment, psychopathy, fitness for duty, pre-employment psychological evaluations, malingering, personality disorders, personal injury

Research Interests
Forensic psychology, physician fitness for duty evaluations, personality assessment, competency to stand trial, insanity defense, malingering, psychopathy, 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.

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