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 The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, as well as a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a past president of the Kennedy Krieger Medical Staff.
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 where she got the Award for Clinical Excellence as a resident. She then completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she spent time at Kennedy Krieger Institute as part of her training. 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 Psychiatric Mental Health Program, who as part of her clinical interests collaborates closely with the outpatient neurobehavioral unit.
- As a clinician and Medical Director in the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Psychiatric Mental Health Program, 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 developing a collaboration with the outpatient neurobehavioral unit.
- As an educator, teaching physicians-in-training is a priority and a personal mission. Future child psychiatrists learn how to evaluate and treat the dually diagnosed child and the complex-care patients which are the Kennedy Krieger Institute specialty.
- Her clinical interests are always focused on improving the psychiatric diagnosis and treatment outcome of children and adolescents with complex and severe cognitive disability.
- As Medical Director of Psychiatric Mental Health Program, her goal is to establish collaborative efforts to facilitate access to care making psychiatry evaluation and treatment part of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programs such as Pain Rehabilitation Program and Outpatient Neurobehavioral Unit
- Advocacy and improving services to families coping with a dually diagnosed child, adolescent or adult with education to the public including schools, parents as well as other medical professionals