USC instructor nets kudos for forensic psychiatry advances


Dr. Richard Frierson serves as program director for the Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship.   Contributed photo

For facilitating forensic psychiatry, the University of South Carolina’s Dr. Richard Frierson recently received the 2016 Seymour Pollack Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) at its annual meeting in Portland, Oregon.

Frierson serves as program director for the Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship and professor of psychiatry and vice chair for education in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine, based in Columbia with a second campus in Greenville.

Additionally, Frierson acts as medical director for the USC Professionals Wellness Program. He earned both a bachelor’s degree and medical degree from USC, completing his psychiatric residency and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia.

Recognized as a top teacher in his field by several prominent industry organizations, Frierson has received numerous past awards and honors and has contributed many articles to publications on forensic psychiatry.

Pronounced “apple,” AAPL is an alliance of psychiatrists committed to maintaining high standards in research, practice and teaching of forensic psychiatry. The organization is headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

Forensic psychiatry is a subspecialty of psychiatry related to criminology. Specialists in this field help to provide a link between law and psychiatry by providing services such as determining competency to stand trial and delivering treatment to individuals convicted of crimes, including medication and/or psychotherapy.

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