Jacqueline Sperling, PhD

Jacqueline Sperling, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in implementing evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and in working with youth who present with anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In addition, she is experienced in providing parents with guidance on how to manage children with internalizing and externalizing behavior issues. Dr. Sperling helped develop the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program (MAMP), an intensive group-based outpatient program for children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 with anxiety disorders and OCD at McLean Hospital. Currently, she is the director of training and research at MAMP. She also is an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Extension School, and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.


Posts by Jacqueline Sperling, PhD

Limiting COVID chaos during the school year

As the school year begins, plans for how learning will happen are in flux, and may change rapidly. With so much uncertainty, parents will want to limit confusion and create as much structure as they can for their children in this difficult situation.

4 parenting tips to break the negativity loop

Children and teens may get stuck in a cycle of focusing on negative emotions or aspects of daily events. Try these four tips to help break the negativity loop.

How to respond to tantrums

Children’s tantrums always seem to happen at the worst possible times. Take a breath and try this 3-point strategy for calming everyone down.

Kids fighting nonstop? How to manage during school closures

Siblings are not used to spending so much time with each other, so if your children are fighting more during the pandemic-related school closures, here are some tips to help you manage their behavior.

School closed due to the coronavirus? Tips to help parents cope

Is your child’s school closed due to precautionary measures around coronavirus? Here are some tips to help parents cope.

How to talk to teens about the new coronavirus

As with younger children, teenagers are also likely to have questions –– and possibly misinformation –– about the new coronavirus. While the questions may be similar, your answers may be more complex.

How to talk to children about the coronavirus

Wondering how to talk to your children about the coronavirus? Here’s how to prepare for questions they might ask and how you can respond.

Got children? How to get out the door on time

Having trouble getting younger kids ready to leave home on time in the morning? Try these strategies to motivate them to accomplish morning-routine tasks.

How to foster independence in children

If you’re a parent, part of your role is to prepare your children for adult life by teaching and otherwise encouraging independence. But how does one start to do this?

Helping a child with obsessive-compulsive disorder

If a child has obsessive-compulsive disorder, the condition affects everyone else in the family. Understanding OCD and learning helpful strategies to support the child can ease distress all around.