APA recognizes College psychiatrist for dedication

December 20, 2013

The American Psychiatric Association recently announced the addition of a Tuscaloosa psychiatrist for her dedication to the profession of psychiatry by receiving the distinction of Distinguished Fellow. Susan P. Arnold, MD, will be formally recognized during a ceremony at the APA’s 167th Annual Meeting in New York on May 5, 2014. 

Susan Arnold, MD
Susan Arnold, MD

“Dr. Arnold has achieved distinction in special areas of psychiatry and possess depth of knowledge and breadth of skills that are recognized and highly respected,” said APPA Executive Director Jennifer Hancock. “As we look toward the new year, more psychiatrists should pause to evaluate their career. Carrying these marks of distinction not only elevates the professional, but it also elevates the profession itself.”

The distinction of Distinguished Fellow is awarded to outstanding board-certified psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in at least five of the following areas: administration, teaching, scientific and scholarly publications, volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance, community involvement as well as for clinical excellence. It is the highest membership honor the APA bestows upon members.

Arnold is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences and also practices at the College’s Betty Shirley Clinic. She also serves as director of Student Mental Health.

Arnold received her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed residency training and a fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. Arnold is board certified in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry. Her interests include the prevention and treatment of disorders that present in the college student population and traumatic stress.

Last year, Marissa Giggie, MD, an assistant professor in the College’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine who also practices at the Betty Shirley Clinic, received the status of Fellow. J.E. Keeton, MD, an adjunct faculty member in the department, received the status of Distinguished Fellow. Giggie and Keeton were formally recognized at the APA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco in May 2013.

The Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association is a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association and is the only association representing psychiatrists in the State of Alabama. APPA promotes professional values and ethics in the practice of psychiatry, supports improving patient access to quality mental health care, encourages an environment of lifelong learning and professional development, and counsels on education and advocacy for the profession, patients and their families.