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American College of Psychiatrists Selects WPIC Resident as Laughlin Fellow


Program Honors Top Psychiatry Residents, Future Leaders

PITTSBURGH , January, 2008 — Keith R. Stowell, M.D., M.S.P.H., fourth-year resident in the Psychiatric Residency Training Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has been selected by the American College of Psychiatrists as a 2008 recipient of its prestigious Laughlin Fellowship.

Named after College founder, Henry P. Laughlin, M.D., the fellowship program was launched in 1976 to recognize outstanding accomplishments by psychiatry residents in the United States and Canada. Each year, the College selects 10 residents deemed most likely to make a significant future contribution to the field of psychiatry. The College provides a stipend for the Laughlin Fellows to attend the College’s annual meeting and participate in all educational functions, allowing them to interact with College members, as well as their peers in other residency programs.

Dr. Stowell’s clinical and research interests are in substance use and HIV in older adults, mental health services and psychiatric administration. His recent publications include review articles and book chapters on HIV-associated pain, relapse prevention and diagnostic issues in somatoform disorders. Dr. Stowell is involved in local and national psychiatric organizations and is a member of several committees, including the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Access & Effectiveness of Psychiatric Services for the Elderly and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Research Committee.

Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Stowell will continue at WPIC as a geriatric psychiatry fellow with plans to complete a subsequent fellowship in addiction. He intends to pursue an academic career with a research and clinical focus on issues of substance use and HIV in the geriatric population.

Dr. Stowell received his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He subsequently earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Public Health degree from Emory University.

The American College of Psychiatrists

Founded on May 8, 1963, in St. Louis, Mo., The American College of Psychiatrists is a not-for-profit honorary association dedicated to providing continuing education to its members, promoting the latest advances in the specialty, and supporting the highest standards in psychiatry. Membership in the College is limited to 750 practicing psychiatrists who have demonstrated outstanding competence and national recognition in the field of psychiatry. For more information, visit the College web site at


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