Clinical Interests
  • AIDS and HIV infection
  • Adult ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Medical illness
Medical Education
  • PhD, SUNY at Albany
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health - MGH
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Dr. Steven Safren is the Director of Behavioral Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Safren is also the Director of the Behavioral Medicine Track of the MGH clinical psychology internship. Dr. Safren received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University at Albany (State University of New York) in 1998, and did his internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Safren is board certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

Dr. Safren's research focus is on cognitive behavioral intervention development and testing, particularly in the areas of HIV and other chronic illnesses, as well as adult ADHD. Dr. Safren has over 200 peer-reviewed professional publications as well as numerous chapters and commentaries, and 3 books. Notable works include the first U.S. based treatment trial of a psychosocial intervention for adult ADHD published in JAMA in 2010, and studies of CBT to treat depression and promote medical adherence in individuals with HIV and diabetes.   He has been the PI or protocol chair of 10 NIH-funded grants in these areas. His work in HIV has been extended nationally and internationally, and he has regularly served as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health's study sections that review grants related to behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS. He has published treatment manuals for therapists working with adults with ADHD and working with individuals with depression that co-occurs with a chronic medical illness.  Finally, Dr. Safren provides research mentorship for junior faculty in Behavioral Medicine and medical psychiatry, on a wide range of topics related to CBT treatment development and testing, managing medical illness and HIV prevention.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Please see http://www2.massgeneral.org/bmed/safren.htm and http://www2.massgeneral.org/bmed/research.htm

View my most recent publications at PubMed

Safren SA, Perlman CA, Sprich S, Otto MW. Mastery of your adult ADHD. OUP, 2005.

Safren SA, Gonzalez JS, Soroudi N. Coping with Chronic Illness: Cognitive behavioral therapy for adherence and depression in individuals with chronic illness. 2007, OUP.

Safren SA, O'Cleirigh CO, Tan JY, et al. A randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for adherence and depression (CBT-AD) in HIV-infected individuals. Health Psychology: 2009, 28, 1-10.

Safren SA, Otto MW, Sprich S, et al. Cognitive behavioral therapy for ADHD in medication-treated adults with continued symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 2005; 43: 831-842.

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