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Dr Sally Cubbin
Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Sally Cubbin

Dr Sally Cubbin

Dr Cubbin works as a consultant psychiatrist in outpatient clinics at Priory Wellbeing Centre Southampton and Oxford. In her clinic she helps adults who require mental health assessment and has particular experience in the assessment and treatment of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD). This may be via medication or referral to an appropriate therapist


Dr Sally Cubbin is a consultant psychiatrist who specialises in adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD). From 2008 to 2012, she worked as a consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital Adult ADHD service in London, assessing and treating patients with this disorder. She continues to work in this area in both the NHS and private practice. She is a member of the executive committee, as well as the training subcommittee for the UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN), which promotes training for healthcare professionals in adult ADHD. As part of this role, she runs internationally attended workshops on the treatment and diagnosis of ADHD in adults and lectures at ADHD conferences.

She was first registered by the General Medical Council (GMC) in 1993 (GMC number 4009027). She completed her higher psychiatric training in psychiatry in the Oxford Deanery and also the Maudsley Hospital, London. She is registered on the GMC Specialist Register for General Adult Psychiatry and the Psychiatry of Older Adults. She is trained as a general psychiatrist and is happy to see patients with other disorders for a general psychiatric assessment.

Research interests

Dr Cubbin is recruiting patients for a trial, testing the ability of a computer game to help diagnose ADHD. This is being led by Prof Philip Asherson from the Institute of Psychiatry, London.

Clinical articles and research papers

  • ADHD: A lifespan disorder often unrecognised or misdiagnosed. Cubbin S and Jeffs J. Clinical Focus Primary Care. 2014 8(2): 78-85.
  • Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & child protection: review of evidence and child safeguarding guidelines. Jeffs J, Cubbin S, Xenitidis K. The Psychiatrist (2012) 36, 180-185.
  • Cubbin S. A and James Jeffs. Adult ADHD; Supporting Parents and Safeguarding Children (letter). Rapid Responses, 6 April 2010, Response to Head to Head discussion; Is ADHD a valid diagnosis in adults?
  • Therapeutic Support for parents with mental disorders. Child Protection and Adult ADHD. Xenitidis K, Jeffs J, Cubbin S. Mental Health and Family Law. 2009. Collected papers from the interdisciplinary conference.
  • Cubbin. S, Pearce. J, Bullock. R, McShane R. Training and Assessing Independent Nurse Prescribers: A model for Old Age Psychiatry. Psychiatric Bulletin 3(9): 350-353 (2009).
  • Assessment and Management of the Acutely Confused Patient. S Cubbin and T Malhotra. The Foundation Years.4:2, 50-54, 2008 published by Elsevier Ltd.
  • Vallance-Owen, A., Cubbin, S., Warren, V., Matthews, B. ‘Outcome monitoring to facilitate clinical governance; experience from a national programme in the independent sector.’ Journal of Public Health (2004) 26(2):187-92.
  • Vallance-Owen, A. & Cubbin, S. ‘National monitoring of clinical effectiveness using the SF-36 questionnaire: using results for revalidation and clinical governance’ Clinician in Management (2002) 11: 137-42.
  • Vallance-Owen, A. & Cubbin, S. ‘Monitoring National Clinical Outcomes: a challenging programme’ British Journal of Health Care Management, (2002) Vol. 8, No. 11, 412-417
  • Vallance-Owen, A. & Cubbin, S.  ‘Services provided by the private sector’ The Health Summary, (2001) Vol. XVII, No 11, Page 22-23 (article).
  • Cubbin, S & Leahy, A (letter), British Journal of Psychiatry, 1998, 172, 366. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults
  • Cubbin, S.A & Ali, I. M. (letter), Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion Associated with Zopiclone, Psychiatric Bulletin, 1999, 23 (5), 306-307. Described a case managed during my old age psychiatry attachment
  • Cubbin, S., Llewellyn-Jones, S. & Donnelly, P. How Urgent is Urgent? Analysing urgent referrals to an adult psychiatric service. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice. (2000), 4, (3), 233-235. Survey of urgent out patient referrals to general psychiatry service examining referral source, reason for referral and appropriateness.
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) with Distinction in Paediatrics, University of Bristol Medical School, 1987-93
  • Diploma in Child Health, Royal College of Physicians, October 1996
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, University of Oxford, August 2007
  • Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Liverpool University, May 1995
  • Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine, December 2012
  • Masters in Science (MSc) in Psychological Medicine, University of Wales, Cardiff, January 2003
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych), Spring 2000

I am a highly qualified, experienced, sensitive and caring consultant psychiatrist with special expertise in the diagnosis and management of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD). I am trained in both general adult psychiatry and old age psychiatry, and am happy to assess and treat patients from 18 years of age.

My interest and expertise in psychotherapy compliments the medical management of my patients, and puts me in the position of being able to offer both a medical and psychological assessment and approach to treatment simultaneously.  I also hold a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from Oxford University, and use these skills for the treatment of mental illness using a psychological approach to compliment my medical skills.  I also have an interest in sleep medicine and have higher training in CBT for insomnia. I recognise that many of my patients, especially those with ADHD, suffer from poor sleep and I aim to optimise this, as well as daytime symptoms of their ADHD or other mental health problems.

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