Elizabeth R. Didie Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Elizabeth R. Didie, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who completed a clinical research fellowship at Butler Hospital and Brown University. She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2003, and completed her internship and clinical fellowship at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.

Dr. Didie's clinical and research background is in disorders of body image—specifically body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), bulimia, binge eating disorder and bulimia. Her current clinical and research focus includes developing psychosocial treatments for BDD, interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral therapies for BDD, and understanding the interface between eating disorders and BDD. Her private practice specializes in the use of empirically focused treatments for eating disoders, BDD, OCD and anxiety disorders.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

Wilhelm, S., Phillips, K.A., Didie, E.R., Buhlmann, U., Greenberg, J.L., Fama. J.M., Keshaviah, A., & Steketee, G. (2014). Modular cognitive behavioral therapy for body dysmorphic disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Behavior Therapy, 45(3), 314-27.

Kelly, M., Didie, E.R., & Phillips, K.A. (2014). Personal and appearance –based rejection sensitivity in body dysmorphic disorder. Body Image, 11, 260-65.

Phillips, K.A., Menard, W., Quinn, E., Didie, E.R., & Stout, R.L. (2013). A four-year  prospective longitudinal study of the course of body dysmorphic disorder. Psychological Medicine, 43(5),1109-17.

McLaughlin, N.C.R., Didie, E.R., Machado, A.G., Haber, S.N., Eskandar, E.N., & Greenberg, B.D. (2013). Improvements in anorexia symptoms after deep brain stimulation for intractable obsessive-compulsive disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 73(9),e29-31.

Bjornsson, A.S., Didie, E.R., Grant, J.E., Menard, W., Stalker, E., & Phillips, K.A. (2013). Age of onset and clinical correlates in two samples of individuals with body dysmorphic disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 54(7), 893-903.

Didie, E.R., Loerke, E., Howes, S.E., & Phillips, K.A. (2012). Severity of interpersonal problems in individuals with body dysmorphic disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 26(3), 345-356. 

Witte, T., Didie, E.R., Menard, W., & Phillips, K.A. (2012). Suicidal desire and capability for suicide in body dysmorphic disorder. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 42(3), 318-331.

Didie, E.R., Kuniega-Pietrzak, T., & Phillips, K.A. (2010). Body image in patients with body dysmorphic disorder: Evaluations of and investment in appearance, health/illness, and fitness. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 7(1), 66-69.

Didie, E.R., Kelly, M.M., & Phillips, K.A. (2010). Clinical features of body dysmorphic disorder. Psychiatric Annals, 40, 310-316.

Phillips, K.A., Wilhelm, S., Koran, L.M., Didie, E.R., Fallon, B., Feusner, J., & Stein, D. (2010). Body dysmorphic disorder: Some key issues for DSM-V. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 573-591.

Bjornsson A.S., Didie, E.R., & Phillips, K.A. (2010). Body dysmorphic disorder. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 12, 221-232.

Didie, E.R., Reinecke, M.A., & Phillips, K.A. (2010). Case conceptualization and treatment of comorbid body dysmorphic disorder and bulimia nervosa. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 17, 259-269.

Lowe, M.R., Butryn, M.L., Didie, E.R., Annunziato, R.A., Thomas, J.G., Crerand, C.E., Ochner, C.N., Coletta, M.C., Bellace, D., Wallaert, M., Halford, J. (2009). The power of food scale: A new measure of the psychological influence of the food environment. Appetite, 53(1), 114-118.

Annunziato, R.A., Timko, C.A., Crerand, C.E., Didie, E.R., Bellace, D.L., Phelan, S., Kerzhnerman, I., Lowe, M.R. (2009). An examination of differential meal replacement adherence in a weight loss maintenance program. Eating Behaviors, 10(3), 176-183.

Phillips, K.A., Didie, E.R., Feusner J., & Wilhelm S. (2008). Body dysmorphic disorder: Treating an underrecognized disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165, 1111-1118.

Didie, E.R., Menard, W., Stern, A., Phillips, K.A. (2008). Occupational functioning and impairment in adults with body dysmorphic disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 49, 561-569.

Lowe, M.R., Tappe K., Annunziato, R., Riddell L., Coletta M., Crerand, C., Didie, E.R., Ochner C., McKinney, S. (2008). The effect of training in reduced energy density eating and food self-monitoring accuracy on weight loss maintenance: A randomized controlled trial. Obesity, 17(4), 622-624.

Didie, E.R., Walters, M.M., Pinto, A., Menard, W., Eisen, J.L., Mancebo, M., Rasmussen, S.A., Phillips, K.A. (2007). A comparison of quality of life and psychosocial functioning in obsessive-compulsive disorder versus body dysmorphic disorder. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry,19(3), 181-186.

Didie, E.R., Phillips, K.A. (2007). "RE: Mortality Among Canadian Women with Cosmetic Breast Implants" (letter) American Journal of Epidemiology,165 (7), 846.

Phillips, K.A., Didie, E.R., Menard, W. (2007). Clinical features and correlates of major depressive disorder in individuals with body dysmorphic disorder Journal of Affective Disorders, 97,129-135.

Didie, E.R., Tortolani, C.C., Pope, C., Menard, W., Fay, C. & Phillips, K.A. (2006). Childhood abuse and neglect in body dysmorphic disorder. Child Abuse and Neglect, 30 (10), 1105-1115.

Didie ER, Tortolani C, Walters M, Menard W, Fay C, Phillips KA. (2006). Social functioning in body dysmorphic disorder: assessment considerations. Psychiatric Quarterly, 77 (3), 223-229.

Lowe, M.R., Annunziato R.A., Markowitz, J.T., Didie E.R., Bellace, D.L., Riddell, L., Maille, C., McKinney, S., Stice, E. (2006). Multiple types of dieting prospectively predict weight gain during the freshman year of college. Appetite, 47(1), 83-90.

Phillips, K.A., Conroy, M., Dufresne, R.G., Menard, W., Didie, E.R., Hunter, J., Fay, C., Pagano, M. (2006). Tanning in body dysmorphic disorder. Psychiatric Quarterly, 77(2), 129-138.

Phillips, K.A., Didie, E.R., Pagano, M., Fay, C., & Menard, W. (2006). A comparison of body dysmorphic disorder in adults versus adolescents. Psychiatry Research, 141(3), 305-314.


funded research

Didie, E.R. (PI) (1/2007 – 12/2011) Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder. National Institutes of Mental Health (K23 MH076934); $829,467.