Dr. Carmen Lopez-Arvizu
Medical Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Program
Phone: 443-923-7600
Kennedy Krieger Institute

716 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
United States

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Dr. López-Arvizu is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She currently serves as the medical director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Program. Dr. López-Arvizu is also an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University, as well as a member of the medical staff in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Dr. López-Arvizu received her medical degree from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in 1995. She served as an intern in internal medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a resident in psychiatry at the University of Maryland Sheppard Pratt Hospital, where she was chief resident, and as a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For the past several years, Dr. López-Arvizu has been a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Kennedy Krieger Institute where she is the medical director of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic, as well as a psychiatrist for the Outpatient Neurobehavioral Unit and Psychiatric Mental Health Program.


  • As a clinician in the Kennedy Krieger Institute outpatient psychiatry clinic, Dr. López-Arvizu treats individuals with psychiatric illness in the context of developmental disabilities where she has developed an expertise in psychopharmacological management of children with developmental disabilities and severe behavioral presentations by working with the outpatient neurobehavioral unit.
  • Her clinical interests are always focused on improving the psychiatric diagnosis and treatment outcome of children and adolescents with complex and severe cognitive disability.
  • Improving early identification and intervention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and prevention of prenatal exposure to alcohol.
  • Advocacy and improving services to families coping with a dually diagnosed child, adolescent or adult with education to the public including schools, parents and other mental health professionals.
  • Her research focus is on how psychiatric disorders are expressed in genetic syndromes, an example of this being the behavior phenotype of Nail Patella Syndrome.

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