David Anderegg

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Faculty Emeritus

David Anderegg has informed and comforted millions of parents with his books and writings on children and the mind, backed by extensive research and a longtime psychotherapy practice.


An experienced psychotherapist with an active interest in professional and popular writing, Anderegg spends his time doing, teaching, and writing about psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and adults. His scholarly articles about play and creativity in psychotherapy have appeared in Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, and the American Journal of Psychoanalysis. He currently serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology. His first book for the wider public, Worried All the Time (Free Press), appeared in 2003. His second book, Nerds (Penguin Group), appeared in 2007. His op-ed pieces on topics related to children have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, Newsday, and other newspapers across the country. He has taught at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University, and the Smith College School for Social Work. BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MA, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study, Tufts University; PhD, Clark University; postdoctoral fellow, Austen Riggs Center. Anderegg taught at Bennington from 1998 to 2020.