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  • Research Studies at the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program

  • Research Studies

  • Here at the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program at Rhode Island Hospital, which is affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, we conduct research studies to learn more about the characteristics and treatment of body dysmorphic disorder. Our current studies are sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and private donations.

    We collaborate on research studies with researchers 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.

    Learn more about our studies: 

    What We Offer  

    • 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 instead of Providence, RI, we have research collaborators located in Boston, MA. They can be reached at 877-4MGH-BDD or 877-464-4233.
    • 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.

    If You Are Interested in Participating

    1) We will first speak with you by phone to ask you some questions about your body image concerns (for contact information, refer to study details below). All information you provide is confidential.

    2) If you appear to qualify for our treatment program, we will meet with you in person to better understand your appearance concerns. We will ask you more about your appearance concerns and other problems (psychological or medical) you may have. We will give you feedback on your problems, answer your questions, and make treatment recommendations.

    3) If you qualify for any of our treatment studies, we will discuss the options with you and see if you are interested in participating. If so, we will obtain your consent to participate in that study and then provide you with study treatment for 3 to 12 months, depending on which study you participate in.