Fellowship Director, Public Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Assistant Professor

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Phone: (205) 348-1325


Marisa A. Giggie, MD, MPAff, is an associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Tuscaloosa Campus at the College of Community Health Sciences (CCHS). Dr. Giggie is a child and adolescent, general and forensic psychiatrist who is the clinic director for the Betty Shirley Clinic, chief psychiatrist for the Tuscaloosa County Jail, primary psychiatrist at Brewer-Porch Children’s Center, fellowship director for the Behavioral Medicine Fellowship in Primary Care at CCHS and medical director at a drug recovery program for emerging adults. Dr. Giggie also sees both pediatric and adult patients in her university-based psychiatric clinic and provides forensic psychiatric consultations for clients.  Dr. Giggie also spent several years as one of the University of Alabama’s primary psychiatrists treating students with mental health problems. Dr. 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.

Dr. 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 then 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, PA. 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.