Kimberly P. Brown, PhD, ABPP

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Forensic Evaluation Team
Division of Psychology
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
1601 23rd Avenue South
(615) 327-7130

Dr. Kimberly Brown has been a member of the faculty since 2002. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and is board certified in forensic psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). 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 Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Vanderbilt Forensic Evaluation Team, which provides court-ordered criminal adult and juvenile forensic evaluations. 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, malingering, mitigation, personal injury, pre-employment, and fitness for duty. She has extensive experience with individuals with severe mental illness, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, both treatment and assessment. She has conducted over 3,000 evaluations in a variety of contexts and has received awards for her leadership, teaching, and research in forensic psychology. She has testified as an expert in court at the state and federal levels over 140 times.

Dr. Brown supervises various trainees in forensic evaluations, psychotherapy, and inpatient assessment. She also teaches seminars pertaining to issues of forensic psychology in the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Vanderbilt University Medical School, Vanderbilt Law School, and at local and national level conferences and trainings.