Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Psychiatry and Human Behavior


Katharine A. Phillips, M.D., is internationally renowned for her clinical expertise and pioneering medical research on body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). She also has expertise in obsessive-compulsive disorder, olfactory reference syndrome, anxiety disorders, and other psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Phillips is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Phillips has a clinical practice in New York City. To learn more about her clinical services in Manhattan, visit or call 929-453-2073. For many years Dr. Phillips was Senior Research Scientist, Director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program, and Director of Research for Adult Psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI. She was also Director of Research Training for Brown University's General Psychiatry Residency Training Program. 

Dr. Phillips graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College. She received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her residency at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Phillips is a physician and scientist who has spent her career caring for patients and conducting groundbreaking scientific research on BDD and other psychiatric disorders. Her research on BDD has identified many aspects of this severe psychiatric disorder. Much of her work has focused on developing and testing treatments, both medication treatment and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for BDD. Her scientific studies on BDD have been continuously funded by the National Institute of Mental Health since 1995.

Dr. Phillips has received numerous honors and awards for her research, clinical work, and other academic contributions, including a Special Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association for her research studies on BDD.

Dr. Phillips has more than 300 publications (original scientific articles, review articles, letters, and book chapters). She has also written or edited 11 books -- six first-authored or co-authored books and five edited books on BDD and other topics. She has given more than 550 international, national, and local presentations for professionals, including more than 110 Grand Rounds.

Dr. Phillips is an elected Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is a member of numerous editorial boards, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the International OCD Foundation. She serves on the Board of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, and she is a Director on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. From 2002-2006 she chaired the National Institute of Mental Health's Interventions Research Review Committee (Scientific Review Group). 

Dr. Phillips has done hundreds of media interviews on her research on BDD. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, the London Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, US News and World Report, Time Magazine, Newsweek, CNN, the BBC, National Public Radio, and many other media outlets. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, Dateline NBC, the Today Show, and Good Morning America.

Dr. Phillips has been included in Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who's Who of American Women. She has repeatedly been included in Who's Who in America, Best Doctors in America, and Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors.


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