About Susan Sprich, PhD

Dr. Sprich is the Director of Psychology Training at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is also the Co-Clinical Director of Psychology, the Director of Postgraduate Psychology Education at the Psychiatry Academy at MGH and the Clinical Lead for MGH for the internet-based CBT (iCBT) Program.  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 OC-Spectrum disorders in children, adolescents in adults. Clinically, she treats individuals with anxiety, ADHD, mood and OC-Spectrum disorders. She also teaches seminars and does supervision with the interns and residents at MGH.

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Medical Education

  • PhD, SUNY at Albany
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

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My 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. I was also 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 grant examining the impact of D-cycloserine administration in the CBT treatment of children and adolescents with OCD (D.Geller, PI), a grant examining CBT for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Wilhelm, PI) and a grant studying CBT for young men with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Henin, PI).


  • Selected Publications:
    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,  Sprich SE, Perlman, CA, Otto MW. Mastery of your adult ADHD. Client Workbook, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2017.

    Safren SA, Sprich SE, Perlman CA, Otto MW. Mastery of your adult ADHD, Therapist Manual, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2017.

    Sprich, SE, Safren, SA.  Overcoming ADHD in adolescence, Client workbook.  Oxford University Press, 2020.

    Sprich, SE, Safren, SA.  Overcoming ADHD in adolescence.  Therapist Guide.  Oxford University Press, 2020.