Marisa Giggie, MD, MPAff

Marisa Giggie, MD, MPAff — Associate Professor, Fellowship Director Behavioral Health

Dr. Marisa A. Giggie is associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the College and directs the College's Behavioral Health in Primary Care Fellowship. Giggie is a child and adolescent, general and forensic psychiatrist who is also the clinic director for the Betty Shirley Clinic at University Medical Center, which the College operates, chief psychiatrist for the Tuscaloosa County Jail and primary psychiatrist at Brewer-Porch Children’s Center in Tuscaloosa. Giggie also sees both pediatric and adult patients in her University-based psychiatric clinic and provides forensic psychiatric consultations for clients. Giggie also spent several years as one of The University of Alabama’s primary psychiatrists, treating students with mental health problems. Giggie teaches third and fourth-year medical students, family practice residents and behavioral medicine fellows in both clinical and traditional didactic settings. Her research interests include violence prevention, student mental health and physician mental health.

Giggie received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Smith College and a master’s degree in Public Affairs from The LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She focused on public health access issues worked for two years in health care consulting. She completed a post-baccalaureate degree in pre-medical studies from Bryn Mawr College before completing medical school at Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed a residency in psychiatry, fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry and fellowship in forensic psychiatry from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. She was chief resident in child and adolescent psychiatry. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. She was recently recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association. She has publications in college mental health, violence prevention and access to care issues.

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