Steven A. Safren, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program and the Director of the Behavioral Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Safren maintains a clinical practice treating clients with cognitive-behavioral therapy in addition to his involvement with training and research. Dr. Safren was the principal investigator of a two-year initial study of CBT for adult ADHD funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and is the principal investigator of a five-year NIMH study to evaluate its efficacy. He has authored over 40 publications in the areas of cognitive behavioral therapy, psychopathology, and their application to a variety of clinical problems in adults. In addition to his focus on ADHD, Dr. Safren works on the development and testing of interventions related to medical problems such as HIV.
Susan Sprich, Ph.D. received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She is a Clinical Assistant in Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She is the Project Director for a 5-year study of CBT for Adult ADHD funded by NIMH. Dr. Sprich is also involved in clinical research in the treatment of PTSD, trichotillomania, and other anxiety and mood disorders. She has authored over 15 publications in the areas of ADHD and anxiety disorders in children and adults. Dr. Sprich conducts cognitive-behavioral therapy with clients with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and ADHD through the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program at MGH and in private practice.
Carol A. Perlman, Ph.D. received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and is a Clinical Assistant in Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and Project Director at the Harvard University Department of Psychology. She is a cognitive behavioral therapist who specializes in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and adult ADHD. Dr. Perlman served as a therapist for the initial study of CBT for adult ADHD and is a co-investigator and therapist for the efficacy study. Dr. Perlman is also the project director for a study of memory of childhood sexual abuse and treats clients in the MGH outpatient clinic.
Michael W. Otto, Ph.D. helped develop the Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), serving as director of the program and Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School until leaving MGH in 2004 to become Professor of Psychology at Boston University. Clinically, Dr. Otto has specialized in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders and has developed clinical research programs for the treatment of panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, social phobia, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, substance dependence, and medication discontinuation in clients with panic disorder. Dr. Otto's research activities are closely tied to his clinical interests and target investigations of the etiology and treatment of anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders. Of particular interest to him is the development and testing of new treatments, including the modification of treatment packages for novel populations (e.g., Cambodian refugees). He is a federally funded investigator and has published more than 170 articles, chapters, and books spanning these research interests.