He is qualified in both experimental psychology and clinical psychology, awarded with the highest grade. For 6 years (till march 2014), Dr Pironti worked at the Adult ADHD Clinic, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, where he specialized in the diagnosis and treatment management of adults with ADHD. Given ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are often co-morbid, Valentino is also trained by in the diagnosis and assessment of ASD (ADOS-2 and AAA trained).
In 2009 Valentino was granted a fellowship from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to complete a PhD research program at the University of Cambridge, Department of Psychiatry. The research program that he devised and managed, entirely focused on adult ADHD. “Neurocognitive Endophenotypes in Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (NEA-ADHD)” has been adopted by the National Institute for Health Research and the Mental Health Research Network, who provide support for high quality clinical-research studies. His research on adult ADHD has led to the discovery of novel vulnerability markers for ADHD and to publications in high impact factor peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Biological Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry). He is a member of the UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN) and The European Network Adult ADHD. Moreover, Dr Pironti is an ad-hoc reviewer for articles on ADHD for Psychological Medicine,