Kimberly P. Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical
Faculty Appointments
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AlabamaB.A., Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Office Address
Vanderbilt Forensic Psychiatry
1601 23rd Avenue South, 3rd Floor
Nashville, TN 37212
Clinical Description
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 Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and 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, personal injury, pre-employment, and fitness for duty. She has extensive experience with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in the judicial system. She has conducted over 3,000 evaluations in a variety of contexts, has treated forensic patients in various states, 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 130 times.

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 Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry and Vanderbilt Law School.
Research Keywords
Forensic psychology, physician fitness for duty evaluations, personality assessment, competency to stand trial, insanity defense, malingering, psychopathy, racial bias in the criminal justice system
Clinical Research Keywords
Forensic psychology – competency to stand trial, competency to waive Miranda, mental state at time of alleged offense evaluations, violence risk assessment, sex offender assessments, capital sentencing, fitness for duty, pre-employment psychological evaluations, malingering, personality disorders, personal injury