My academic interests include medical student education on the adolescent unit at the Erie County Medical Center, where I supervise general psychiatry residents, child psychiatry fellows and medical students. I coordinate medical student education in psychiatry with Dr. Charles Camp, the director of medical student education. Dr. Camp and I use films to teach medical students and residents both in residency didactics and for the Psychiatry Film Series. I lead seminars on interpersonal communication and team building to the child psychiatry fellows.
My clinical interests include family therapy, suicide prevention, and acute management of adolescent psychiatric illness, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I work exclusively as an inpatient psychiatrist on the adolescent unit at ECMC.
I have completed research on patient perceptions of their physicians. My upcoming research project will focus on understanding the needs of adolescents who identify as transgender or non-binary.
Education and Training:
Fellowship, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, SUNY at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine (2015)
Residency, General Psychiatry, SUNY at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine (2013)
MD, SUNY at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine (2009)
BA, English, Canisius College, Summa Cum Laude (2004)
Associate Director of Medical Education, Psychiatry, SUNY at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine (2022-present)
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, SUNY at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine (2015-present)
Medical Staff Organization President, Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center (2018–2021)
Awards and Honors:
Dr. Murray A. Morphy Mentor of the Year (2023)
Child Psychiatry Faculty Award (2022)
Outstanding Physician Award (2022)
Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Award (2021)
Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Supervision (2021)
Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentorship (2020)
Child Psychiatry Faculty Award (2018)
Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Supervision (2017)
Scholarly Exchange Day Clinical Research Award (2015)
Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Award Honorable Mention (2013)
Gold Humanism Honor Society (2013)
Resident Service Award (2012)
Resident Service Award (2011)
Gold Humanism Honor Society Excellence in Teaching Award (2011)
DiGiacomo Michael R.; Cogswell Alex. (2022) What’s in a Name? How Patient Perceptions Are Impacted by How They Address Their Psychiatrists. JAACAP Connect (May), 1(9): 16-20.
Mariano Maria; Brooks Victoria; DiGiacomo Michael. (2016) PSYCH: A Mnemonic to Help Psychiatric Residents Decrease Patient Handoff Communication Errors. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (Jul)(7): 316-319.
Antonius Daniel; Mathew Nick; Picano J; Hinds A; Cogswell Alex; Olympia Josie; Brooks Victoria; DiGiacomo Michael; Baker John; Willer Barry; Leddy John. (2014) Behavioral Health Symptoms Associated with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Critical Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Treatment and Research. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences (Jan), 4(26): 313-322.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Member (2013–present)
"Turn and Face The Strange: Changes in Medical Education" Annual Comprehensive Review of Psychiatry (2022)
"What's In A Name?" American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2015)
Phase Two Committee; Associate Director of Medical Education in Psychiatry (2022)
Curriculum Revision Committee; Associate Director of Medical Education in Psychiatry (2022)
Phase One Committee; Associate Director of Medical Education in Psychiatry (2022)
Coordinating the Psychiatry Clerkship; Coordinating the Second-Year Neuroscience and Behavior Course; Associate Director of Medical Education (2022–present)
Co-Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry; Associate Director of Medical Education (2022–present)
Erie County Medical Center Ethics Committee; Psychiatrist and Committee Member (2022)
Volunteer Soccer Coach; Amherst Soccer Association (2021–present)
Volunteer Advisor Regarding Mental Health Concerns; University at Buffalo Newman Center (2015–present)