Dr. Sprich is the Clinical Director of the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Her primary research interests are cognitive-behavioral treatment of ADHD in adults and adolescents, and cognitive-behavioral treatment of Trichotillomania in children, adolescents in adults. Clinically, she treats adults with anxiety, ADHD, mood and OC-Spectrum disorders. She also teaches seminars and does supervision with the interns and residents at MGH.
ResearchMy main research focus is on ADHD in adults and children. My first study in this area examined the link between perinatal complications and ADHD. Subsequently, I found a lower rate of ADHD in adoptive relatives of children with ADHD compared to the rate of ADHD in biological relatives of children with ADHD. I was a co-investigator on an NIMH R-03, which was the first U.S. study to provide empirical support for a psychosocial treatment for ADHD in medication treated adults with residual symptoms. I was a co-investigator on an NIMH-R01 testing the efficacy of this intervention. Given my work with children and adolescents, I am currently the co-PI on an NIMH R-34 grant evaluating our psychosocial treatment for ADHD in high school students. I have been an active investigator in other research projects including a research project examining the impact of D-cycloserine administration in the CBT treatment of children and adolescents with OCD (D.Geller, PI). Currently, I am involved in a grant examining our psychosocial intervention for ADHD in adolescents and an assessment study of Trichotillomania (N. Keuthen, PI).
Safren SA, Sprich S, Mimiaga MJ, Surman C, Knouse L, Groves M, Otto M (2010). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs Relaxation with Educational Support for Medication-Treated Adults with ADHD and Persistent Symptoms; A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 304(8), 875-880.
Safren SA, Perlman CA, Sprich S, Otto MW. Mastery of your adult ADHD. Client Workbook. Oxford University Press, 2005.
Safren SA, Sprich S, Perlman CA, Otto MW. Mastery of your adult ADHD, Therapist Manual. Oxford University Press, 2005.
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