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  • Research Studies at the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program

  • Research Studies

  • The Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Program at Rhode Island Hospital, which is affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, conducts research studies to learn more about the characteristics and treatment of BDD. Our current studies are sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute, the Brown Institute for Brain Sciences and private donations.

    We also collaborate on research studies with researchers in the Brown University Department of Neuroscience and at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. If you live within driving distance of our program in Providence, Rhode Island, or within driving distance of Boston, Massachusetts, participating in one of our studies may be an option for you.

    People who participate in our studies make it possible for us to learn more about BDD, develop better treatments, and improve quality of life for people with BDD and similar disorders.

    Learn more about our studies:

    What We Offer:

    • As part of our therapy study, we are offering study treatment for people who have problematic concerns about their appearance (body dysmorphic disorder) and who further qualify for our program. We offer treatment studies for adults ages 18 and older.
    • Eligible participants must be within driving distance (about an hour) of Providence, Rhode Island.
    • If you live closer to Boston, MA than to Providence, RI, we have research collaborators located in Boston, MA. They can be reached at 877-4MGH-BDD or 877-464-4233.
    • Our studies offer an evaluation of body image (BDD) or olfactory reference syndrome concerns.

    If You Are Interested in Participating:

    1. We will first speak with you by phone to ask you some questions about your body image or body odor concerns (for contact information, refer to study details). All information you provide is confidential.
    2. If you appear to qualify for one of our studies, we will meet with you in person to better understand your appearance or body odor concerns. We will ask you more about your appearance concerns and other problems (related to your mental or physical health) you may have. We will give you feedback on your problems, answer your questions, and make treatment recommendations.