Katharine Phillips, MD, discusses
body dysmorphic disorder on ABC's Good Morning America.
Watch the video
The Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Program at Rhode Island
Hospital/Brown University is one of the few specialty programs in the
country for BDD.
Body dysmorphic disorder is a
common and often severe disorder. People with BDD are preoccupied with
perceived flaws in their physical appearance, for example, the
appearance of their skin, hair, nose or other body areas. BDD causes
emotional suffering and usually interferes with a person’s day-to-day
The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program at Rhode Island Hospital is
directed by Katharine Phillips, MD,
professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical
School of Brown University. Rhode Island Hospital is the principal
teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown
University. Phillips and her team are internationally known for their
pioneering research studies on BDD and their clinical expertise in this
disorder. The program was founded more than 20 years ago. It was the
first research and clinical program devoted to BDD in the United States.
We are dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing BDD. We do
We also have expertise in olfactory reference syndrome (ORS).
People with ORS believe that they emit a foul body odor. This disorder,
too, causes emotional suffering and usually interferes with daily
Please contact us by calling 401-444-1644 or 401-444-1646
or emailing us at BDD@lifespan.org.
The BDD Program is part of the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute (NPNI), which is dedicated to providing outstanding clinical care for patients with disorders of the nervous system and conducting world-class research in the neurosciences. The NPNI brings together physicians and scientists from Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Bradley Hospital, Brown University, the Brown Institute for Brain Science (BIBS), Butler Hospital and the Providence VA Medical Center.