Dr Maite Ferrin


  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behavioural problems
  • Paediatric psychiatry

Dr Maite Ferrin

GMC: 7447434

Dr Maite Ferrin is an experienced consultant psychiatrist specialising in working with children and adolescents. Her areas of expertise include Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder ADHD/ADD, Autistic Spectrum Condition/Autism, anxiety, depression, behavioural problems, tics, and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr Ferrin graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 2001, and was qualified as Specialist in General Psychiatry in 2005. She has gained a MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health by Kings College London and then a European PhD in Neuroscience in 2010, receiving Cum Laude/Distinction as final mark.

Treatment with Dr Ferrin is based on the latest scientific evidence and clinical guidelines, however unique and tailored in order to ensure the best outcome for each specific patient. She combines non-pharmacological methods, such as psychoeducation, interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and medical treatments too where appropriate. Throughout her career, ADHD and ADD have been a key area of interest for her. She has a broad experience in managing ADD/ADHD in girls, and ADD/ADHD with different comorbidities including autism and anxiety/depression.

Dr Ferrin has published widely, with many articles and book chapters to her name in the filed of ADHD and ASD mainly. She holds several notable positions including being the Vice President of The International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) and is Deputy Editor for the IACAPAP Bulletin. She has also been an honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Southampton since 2015. She is part of the EAGG (European ADHD Guidelines Group) and the Eunethydis Group, both them consisting of independent international researchers and leaders in the ADHD/ADD field. She is also part of the Steering Committee for the Continuum Programme, a European educational program on ADHD. She has a special interest on girls with ADHD/ADD and all their comorbid conditions.

Dr Ferrin also does regular medico-legal work.

  • Professional experience

    • ​Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Principal Investigator, Re:Cognition Health (2017 - present)
    • ​Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (2017 - present)
    • Consultant Psychiatrist, The Huntercombe Group (2014 - 2016)
    • Consultant Psychiatrist, CSM Estella, Navarre, Spain (2010 - 2014)
  • Public positions

    • Vice President, The International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) (2018 - present)
    • Deputy Editor, IACAPAP Bulletin (2014 - present)
    • Monitoring committee member of the European ADHD Continuum Programme
  • Education

    • MD, University of Navarre, Spain (2001)
    • Specialist Degree in Psychiatry, Pamplona, Spain (2006)
    • MSc, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London (2006)
    • European PhD in Neurosciences, University of Granada/King's College London (2010)
  • Professional membership

    • The International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP)
    • The Association of Child and Adolescents Mental Health UK (ACAMH)
    • Member of the EAGG (European Clinical Guidelines Group)
    • Member of the EUNETHYDIS (European Network Group for Hyperkinetic disorders): https://eunethydis.eu/
  • Teaching posts

    • Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University of Southampton (2015 - present)
  • Publications and conferences

    • For all of Dr Ferrin's publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Maite_Ferrin2
    • Berto C, Ferrin M, Barbera M, Livianos L, Rojo L, García-Blanco A. (2017) Abnormal emotional processing in maltreated children diagnosed of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (2017). Child Abuse & Neglect Child Abuse Negl. 2017 Nov;73:42-50. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.09.020
    • Ruiz-Veguilla M, Moreno-Granados J, Salcedo-Marin MD, Barrigon ML, Blanco-Morales MJ, Igunza E, Cañabate A, Garcia MD, Guijarro T, Diaz-Atienza F, Ferrin M. (2017) Sex-specific cognitive abnormalities in early-onset psychosis. Rev Bras Psiquiatr 39(1):28-35. doi: 10.1590/1516-4446-2015-1807.
    • Daley D, van der Oord, Ferrin M, et al. (2018) Pactitioner Review: Current best practice in the use of parent training and other behavioural interventions in the treatment of children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. J Child Psychol Psychiatry 59(9):932-947. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12825
    • Simonoff E, Banascheski T, Buitelaar J, et al. on behalf of the EAGG group. (2016) Methlphenidate for ADHD in children and adolescents: throwing the baby out with the bathwater. EBMH Evidence-Based Mental Health (in press).
    • Ferrin M, Sonuga-Barke E, Daley D,  Danckaerts M, van der Oord S, Buitelaar J. NON-PHARMACOLOGIC TREATMENTS FOR ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD). IACAPAP Textbook (http://iacapap.org/iacapap-textbook-of-child-and-adolescent-mental-health).
    • Ferrin M, Gosney H, Marconi A, Rey JM.  USING ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF SCHIZOPHRENIA IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS. IACAPAP Textbook (http://iacapap.org/iacapap-textbook-of-child-and-adolescent-mental-health)
    • Cortese S, Ferrin M, Brandeis D, et al. (2016). Neurofeedback for Attention/Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Meta-analysis of clinical and neuropsychological outcomes from Randomized Controlled trials. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry (in press).
    • Ferrin M, Perez-Ayala V, El-Abd S, Lax-Pericall T, Jacobs B, Bilbow A, Taylor E. (2016) A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Efficacy of a Psychoeducation Program for Families of Children and Adolescents With ADHD in the United Kingdom: Results After a 6-Month Follow-Up. J Atten Disord.
    • Cortese S, Ferrin M, Brandeis D, Buitelaar J, Daley D, Dittmann R, Holtman M, Santosh P, Stringaris A, Zuddas A, Sonuga-Barke E. (2015) Cognitive Training for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Meta-Analysis of Clinical and Neuropsychological outcomes from Randomized Controlled Trials. J Am Acad Child Adoles Psych 2015 Mar;54(3):164-74. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2014.12.010. Epub 2014 Dec 29. Review. Erratum in: J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 May;54(5):433.
    • Stevenson J, Sonuga-Barke E, Taylor E, Buitelaar J, Cortese S, Ferrin M , Konofal E, Lecendreux M ,Simonoff E, Wong I, and Sergeant J. (2013). The role of diet in the treatment of ADHD: Methodological considerations and clinical implications. Journal of Child Psychol and Psychiatry 2014 May; 55(5):416-27. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12215.
    • Ferrin, M., Vance A. (2014) Differential effects of anxiety and depressive symptoms on working memory components in children and adolescents with ADHD combined type and ADHD inattentive type. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry DOI: 10.1007/s00787-013-0509-4
    • Sonuga-Barke EJS, Brandeis D, Cortese S, Daley D, Ferrin M, Holtmann M, Stevenson J, Danckaerts M, van der Oord S, Döpfner M, Dittmann R, Simonoff E, Zuddas A, Banaschewski T, Buitelaar J, Coghill D, Hollis C, Konofal E, Lecendreux M, Wong I, and Sergeant J, on behalf of European ADHD Guidelines Group (2013) Non-pharmacological interventions for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Systematic review and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials of dietary and psychological treatments. American Journal of Psychiatry 170(3):275-89.
    • Moreno-Granados J, Salcedo-Marin D, Ruiz-Veguilla M, Ferrin M. (2013). Neuropsychological assessment of memory in child and adolescent first episode psychosis: "The Paradox Effect" Revista de Psiquiatría y Salud Mental S1888-9891(13)00060-8. doi: 10.1016/j.rpsm.2013.04.001.
    • Sonuga-Barke E, Brandeis D, Cortese S, Daley D, Danckaerts M, Döpfner M, Ferrin M, Holtmann M, Van der Oord S; European ADHD Guidelines Group. (2013) Response to chronis-tuscano et Al. And arns and strehl. Am J Psychiatry. 170(7):800-2. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2013.13020208r.
    • Vance A, Ferrin M, Winther J, Gomez R. (2013). Examination of spatial working memory performance in children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder combined type (ADHD-CT) and anxiety. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 41:891-900
    • Ruiz-Veguilla M, Barrigón ML, Hernández L, Rubio JL, Gurpegui M, Sarramea F, Cervilla J, Gutiérrez B, James A, Ferrin M. (2013) Dose-response effect between cannabis use and psychosis liability in a non-clinical population: Evidence from a snowball sample. J Psychiatr Res. Aug; 47(8):1036-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2013.03.003.
    • Ferrin M; Moreno-Granados JM; Salcedo-Marin MD; Ruiz-Veguilla M; Viviana Perez-Ayala V; Taylor E. (2013) Evaluation of a psychoeducation programme for parents of children and adolescents with ADHD; immediate and long-term effects using a blind randomized controlled trial. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1007/s00787-013-0494-7
    • Ferrin M, Vance A. (2012) Examination of neurological subtle signs in ADHD as a clinical tool for the diagnosis and their relationship to spatial working memory. J Child Psychol Psychiatry 53(4):390-400
    • Ferrin M, Ruiz-Veguilla M, Blanc-Betes M, El Abd S, Lax-Pericall T, Sinclair M, and Taylor E. (2012) Evaluation of attitudes towards treatment in adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) –Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2012 Jul; 21(7):387-401.
    • Salcedo-Marin D, Moreno-Granados J, Ruiz-Veguilla M, Ferrin M. (2012) Evaluation of Planning Dysfunction in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorders using the Zoo Map Task. Child Psychiatry and Human Development (Jun 24, DOI: 10.1007/s10578-012-0317)
    • Ruiz-Veguilla M, Barrigón ML, Diaz FJ, Ferrin M, Moreno-Granados J, Salcedo MD, Cervilla J, Gurpegui M. (2012) The duration of untreated psychosis is associated with social support and temperament. Psychiatry Res. 30; 200(2-3):687-92.
    • Ferrin M, Taylor E. (2011) Child and caregiver issues in treatment of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder: education, adherence and treatment choice. Future Neurology Vol. 6 (3), 399-413.
    • Montoya, F. Colom, M. Ferrin. (2011) Is psychoeducation for parents and teachers of children and adolescents with ADHD efficacious? A systematic literature review. (2011) European Psychiatry, Volume 26, (3), 166-175
    • JL Rubio, M Ruiz-Veguilla, L Hernández, ML Barrigón, MD Salcedo, JM Moreno, E Gómez, S Moritz, M Ferrin. (2011) Jumping to conclusions in psychosis: A faulty appraisal. Schizophrenia Research, Volume 133, Issues 1–3, 199-204
    • Ruiz-Veguilla M, Gurpegui M, Barrigón ML, Ferrín M, et al. (2009) Fewer neurological soft signs among first episode psychosis patients with heavy cannabis use. Schizophrenia Research, 107:158-164
    • Ferrin M, Gledhill J, Kramer T, Elena Garralda M. (2009) Factors influencing primary care attendance in adolescents with high levels of depressive symptoms. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 44(10):825-33.
    • Ruiz-Veguilla M, Cervilla JA, Barrigón ML, Ferrín M, Gutiérrez B, Gordo E, Anguita M, Brañas A, Fernández-Logroño J, Gurpegui M. (2008) Neurodevelopmental markers in different psychopathological dimensions of first episode psychosis: the ESPIGAS study. Eur Psychiatry. 2008 Dec; 23(8):533-40
    • Banaschewski T, Belsham B, Bloch MH, Ferrin M, Johnson M, Kustow J, Robinson S, Zuddas A. Supplementation with polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Nutr Health. 2018 Jan. doi: 10.1177/0260106018772170.
    • Sahuquillo-Leal R, Ghosn F, Moreno-Giménez A, Almansa B, Serrano-Lozano E, Ferrin M, Cañada-Martínez A, Vento M, García-Blanco A. Jumping to conclusions in autism: integration of contextual information and confidence in decision-making processes. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2019 Sep 25. doi: 10.1007/s00787-019-01409-2
  • Prizes and awards

    • Awarded ECAP-ADHD paper of the year for European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the European Society for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. "Ferrin M, et al. Evaluation of attitudes towards treatment in adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)", in 2012.
    • “Jeronimo de Ayanz” Award for Training plan and Innovation and Development, by Miguel Servet Public Foundation, Spain, in 2010/2011.
    • Awarded the Donald J. Cohen Fellowship Program for International Scholars in Child & Adolescent Mental Health, in 2010.

 Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Behavioural problems
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Bullying
  • Childhood depression
  • Cognitive behavioural therapies
  • Conduct disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Expert witness
  • Medicolegal
  • Mental disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Paediatric psychiatry
  • Panic attacks
  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychology of adolescence
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychosis
  • Psychosomatic disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Second medical opinion
  • Self-harm
  • Stress
  • Tics

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Prepare your child or adolescent for psychiatric care

Child and adolescent psychiatrists are specialist qualified doctors who have finished medicine and then focused and specialized in emotional, cognitive and behavioural problems. If your child requires psychiatric care, you may not know how to approach it. In this article, Dr Maite Ferrin explains all about this process so that you and your child can feel more at ease about upcoming psychiatric care.

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Childhood behavioural disorders and how to positively treat them

There is a large range of reasons for unruly behaviour, and it can be difficult to know whether a child or teenager’s difficult behaviour is “normal” or a sign of an underlying issue. Dr Maite Ferrin, a consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry, clarifies what to look out for and how to deal with behavioural problems in a positive manner.

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What do I do if my child is being bullied? Tips for parents.

It can be hard to know if your child's being bullied at school, and even if you do know, it can be hard to know what to do in that situation. Maite Ferrin, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Re:Cognition Health in London, shares with us some tips for parents on what to do if their child is being bullied.

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Why bullying matters

Children who have been bullied at primary school are more likely to be bullied as they get older, and be victimised later on in life as an adult. Maite Ferrin, a child and adolescant psychiatrist at Re:Cognition Health in London, explains to us exactly what bullying is and why children bully others.

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The role of omega 3 and ADHD

Lately, there has been an increasing amount of evidence surfacing that omega-3 can improve numerous medical and psychiatric conditions like ADHD. Dr Maite Ferrin, child and adolescent psychiatrist in London, tells us how ADHD is currently treated and about the role of omega-3 in the management of ADHD.

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  • I highly recommend Dr Ferrin to any persons considering undertaking an assessment in ASC/ADHD conditions as she has extensive knowledge/expertise in this area.
  • Made to feel very welcome by all members of staff. Email comms are excellent and Dr Ferrin was fantastic with our son at the initial appointment and since then.
  • Dr Ferrin's thorough understanding clinical assessment of my son's mental health changed our whole families lives for the better.