Two psychiatrists in the College’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine have been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association for their dedication to the profession of psychiatry.
Marisa Giggie, MD, an assistant professor in the department who also practices at the College’s 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 will be formally recognized at the APA’s 166th Annual Meeting in San Francisco in May.
“I am honored and humbled to be given the distinction of Fellow by the APA,” Giggie says. “Serving my patients has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. I look forward to many more years of service to the community.”
The designation of Fellow recognizes early career APA members who have demonstrated a commitment to their profession and to the ongoing work of the association.
The designation of Distinguished Fellow is awarded to psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in such areas as clinical excellence, teaching, scientific and scholarly publications and volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance. Distinguished Fellow is the highest membership honor the APA bestows.
Both the designation of Fellow and Distinguished Fellow require review from a member’s state association, as well as approval by the APA’s Memberships Committee and Board of Trustees. The state association for Alabama is the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association.
“Dr. Keeton and Dr. Giggie have achieved distinction in special areas of psychiatry and possess depth of knowledge and breadth of skills that are recognized and highly respected,” says APPA President Jacqueline Maus Feldman, MD.
Giggie is fellowship trained and board certified in adult and adolescent psychiatry and in forensic psychiatry. She directs the College’s Behavioral Health Fellowship for Family Physicians and its Rural Public Psychiatry Fellowship. Giggie also works with county jails in Alabama to conduct psychiatric assessments and evaluations of juvenile offenders using telepsychiatry.
Keeton was recently recognized by the APPA for more than 50 years of service to the psychiatric profession. In addition to private practice and teaching medical students and psychiatry residents, he participated in a research program in the 1990s that studied a new, anti-psychotic medication in treating chronic, long-term schizophrenia patients who were not expected to reside outside of a hospital. The patients responded well to the medication, clozaphine, and were able to move to foster homes or home with their families.