Dr Mima Simic

MSc, MD, MRCPsych

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Simic is joint head of the child and adolescent Eating Disorders Service at the Trust and a consultant psychiatrist with the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Service.

Other roles

Dr Simic has been active in teaching, training and research in the United Kingdom and abroad, and has been involved in multicentric research studies on anorexia nervosa and self-harm.


She completed her doctor of medicine (MD) qualifications at the University of Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia, followed by specialised training in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr Simic moved to London in 1994 and retrained as a consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital and St George’s Hospital. She also completed her training in family therapy, group analysis and DBT.

Since 2001, Dr Simic has been a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for the child and adolescent Eating Disorders Service at SLaM, and a consultant for our service since 2009.


Dr Simic is collaborating with Professor Ivan Eisler, Professor Ulrike Schmidt and Professor David Cottrell on research testing the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of CBT and family therapy in treating eating disorders and self-harm in adolescents.

She is also involved in a pilot study that is developing CBT treatment for adolescents who self-harm.


Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Adolescents with Anorexia – The Flexible Thinking Group, August 2014

Simic M, Fombonne E. Depressive Conduct disorder: Symptom patterns and correlates in referred children and adolescents. J Affect Disord. 2001; 62/3: 175-185

Simic M, Turk J. Autistic spectrum disorder associated with partial duplication of chromosome 15; three case reports. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2004;3:389-393

Halari R, Simic M, Pariante C, Cleare A, Fombonne E, Rubia K. Prefrontal hypoactivation in medication naive adolescents with depression. Biological Psychiatry. 2005; 57 (8): 45S-45S 158 Suppl. S1

Eisler I, Simic M, Russell G, Dare C. A randomised controlled treatment trial of two forms of family therapy in adolescent anorexia nervosa: A five year follow-up. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2007;48(6):552-560

Oldershaw A, Richards C, Simic M, Schmidt U. Parents’ perspectives on adolescent self-harm: qualitative study. Br J Psychiatry. 2008; 193(2):140-4

House J, Eisler I, Simic N, Micali N. Diagnosing eating disorders in adolescents: a comparison of the eating disorder examination and the development and well-being assessment. Int J Eat disord. 2008; 41 (6);535-41

Cratsley K, Regan J, McAllister, Simic M, Aitchison K. Duration of untreated psychosis, referral route, and age of onset in a early interventions in psychosis service and a local CAMHS. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2008; 13(3):130-133

Oldershaw A, Grima E, Jollant F, Richards C, Simic M, Taylor L, Schmidt U. Decision making and problem solving in adolescents who deliberately self-harm. Psychol Med. 2009; 39 (1): 95-104

Halari R, Simic M, Pariante CM, Papadopoulos A, Cleare A, Brammer M, Fombonne E, Rubia K. Reduced activation in lateral prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate during attention and cognitive control functions in medication-naïve adolescents with depression compared to controls. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2009; 50(3):307-316

Pretorius N, Arcelus J, Beecham J, Dawson H, Doherty F, Eisler I, Gallagher C, Gowers S, Isaacs G, Johnson-Sabine E, Jones A, Newell C, Morris J, Richards L, Ringwood S, Rowlands L, Simic M, Treasure J, Waller G, Williams C, Yi I, Yoshioka M, Schmidt U. Cognitive-behavioural therapy for adolescents with bulimic symptomatology: The acceptability and effectivness of internet-based delivery. Behav Res Ther 2009; 47(9):729-36

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