Dr Carmen Pinto

MRCPsych, MSc, PgDip

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Carmen Pinto is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with the Conduct Problems Service and the Adoption and Fostering Service. She also works for the Children & Adolescent Looked-After Service, part of Lambeth Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Other roles

  • Co-chair of a special interest group on the mental health of looked-after children for the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Member of the Specialist Trainees Training Committee (leading for CBT)
  • Teaching MSc students, medical students, speciality trainees, social workers, foster carers and teachers


Carmen studied medicine and surgery at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain, before moving to the UK to train as a psychiatrist. She became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in 2000 and completed a Masters (MSc) in Medical Sciences at the University of Nottingham in 2002.

During a perinatal psychiatry role in Nottingham, she developed her interest in the mother-child relationship and completed her first research projects there. She moved to the South London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust to complete her specialist training in child psychiatry, where she joined the Parent and Child Research Group and became involved in attachment research, studying the link between disorganised attachment and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – an area in which there was limited previous research.

Carmen started work as a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Trust at the end of 2005, working part-time with looked-after children and part-time with adolescents as part of Lambeth CAMHS. The post combined her two interests of attachment and CBT and she went on to sit a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in CBT for Children and Adolescents at the Institute of Psychiatry.


She is currently writing a paper on the role of the psychiatrist in looked-after and adopted children teams.

Her first research project, ‘Anxiety, Panic and Obsessional Symptoms in Women Referred with Postnatal Depression’, was part of a Masters (MSc) dissertation she started as a Senior House Officer. The project was shortlisted for the Women in Psychiatry Special Interest Group (WIPSIG) Prize in 2003.

After that, she became involved with the Parent and Child Team at St George’s Hospital Medical School, working on a literature review and research on the link between disorganised attachment and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


Pinto, C. (2010). ADHD & D: A prospective study of children born after stillbirth. In: Brisch K.H. (ed). Attachment & early disorders of development. Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart. ISBN 978-3-608-94666-6. Oct 2010

Pinto, C. & Barrett, N. “Use of psychotropics among looked after children: an audit in the Borough of Lambeth”. London Journal of Primary Care, 2010, 3: 52-7. August 2010

Pinto, C. (2010) Book review: “Body image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth” 2nd edition, edited by L. Smolak and J. K. Thompson. European Eating Disorders Review, 18, 3 , p. 244. May 2010

Pinto, C. (2009). Medical Classics: The motorcycle diaries. British Medical Journal, 338:b1557. April 2009

Pinto, C. (2008). Medical Classics: La Regenta. British Medical Journal, 336:1253. May 2008

Pinto, C. (2008) Book review: Friends, Lovers and Groups, edited by R. Engels, M. Kerr, and H. Stattin. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. February 2008

Pinto, C. (2007). Medical Classics: Don Quixote. British Medical Journal, 335:997. November 2007

Pinto, C. (2007). Precursors of Personality Disorders. In: H. Blasco-Fontecilla, E. Baca-Garciz and J. Saiz-Ruiz (Eds.), Personality Disorders and Suicide: Theory and Research, Nova Science Publishers, ISBN: 1-60021-753-2. December 2007

Pinto, C. (2005). Goya: The sleep of reason produces monsters. British Journal of Psychiatry, 189, A14. November 2005

Pinto, C. (2005). Frida Kahlo. British Medical Journal, 331, 297. July 2005

Pinto, C. (2005). The differences between Specialist Community Adolescent Mental Health Teams and general CAMHS: Training issues for Specialist Registrars. Psychiatric Bulletin, 30, 232-233. June 2006

Pinto, C., Turton, P., Hughes, P., White, S. and Gillberg, C. (2006) ADHD and disorganised attachment. A prospective study of children next born after stillbirth. Journal of Attention Disorders, 10, 1, 83-91. August 2006

Pinto, C. (2003) Book review: Coping and Complaining-Attachment and the language of disease, by Simon R. Wilkinson. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 13, 4, 269-270. August 2004

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