About Me / My Work

I trained at University College London Medical School, achieving a 1st Class BSc in Medical Humanities and graduating with Distinction in Final MBBS (2008).  My Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training was at the world-renowned Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. Here I was awarded a Higher Degree in Systemic Therapy (distinction).

I completed a prestigious “Darzi Fellowship” and a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

I have been honoured to win a number of National Awards, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists Core Trainee of the Year, 2012 and Higher Trainee of the Year, 2017. I was The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Rising Star Award Finalist in 2015.

I have been a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2017 and became an elected member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists CAMHS faculty in 2020.

First and foremost, I am passionate about working therapeutically, combining psychodynamic and systemic principles to my work with young people and their families. My particular interests include depression and anxiety, and the interplay between physical and mental health difficulties.

Below you can find information on my MEDIA WORK, and PUBLICATIONS:


In 2017, I gave a Radio4 “1:1 interview” with broadcaster Julia Bradbury, as part of her series on Emotionally Challenging Work. It was chosen as pick of the week and can be heard here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b088fch1

I regularly speak out about the historic lack of funding and resources in mental health. Embedded here is an Interview from the BBC news on the lack of inpatient mental health beds for <18s:


Copies of these (where not uploaded to the website) are available on request – please message via the Contact page.

Book / Chapter Publications:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Hindley P & Conn R) So You Want to be a Brain Surgeon? A medical careers guide 4th ed. Oxford University Press (in Press)
  • Chapter Editor Emotions and Behaviour of Lissauer’s Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics 5th edition (2017)
  • Lead Author of “Psychiatry: Breaking the ICE, a textbook for trainees in psychiatry – Blackwells Publishers (2016) ISBN: 9781118557266
  • Chapter Co-Author: “Medicinema: Doctors in the Movies” by Brian Glasser. Radcliffe Publishing Ltd (2010) ISBN: 1846191572

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals:


Book Reviews:

  • Conn, R  The Intentional Brain, Michael R. Trimble, John Hopkins University Press 2016 ISBN: 978-1421419497 British Journal of Psychiatry (April 2017)
  • Conn, R The Complete CBT Guide for Anxiety Shafran, Brosnan & Cooper – Psychiatric Bulletin (2013)37: 278
  • Conn, R Psychiatry by Neel Burton. International Journal of Culture & Mental Health, 2012 Vol 5, Issue 1, April 2012, pg 73-74

Film Reviews:

  • Conn, R  Mary & Max Journal of Medical Humanities (BMJ) 2011;37:64-65
  • Conn, R  Adam  Psychiatric Bulletin (2010)34: 77

Ballet Review:



Online Publications

RCPsych Publications