Katharine A. Phillips Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Katharine A. Phillips, M.D., is internationally renowned for her clinical expertise and her 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. She is also Senior Research Scientist, Director of Research for Adult Psychiatry, and Director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program at Rhode Island Hospital. In addition, Dr. Phillips is 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 scientific research on BDD and other psychiatric disorders. Her research on BDD has elucidated many aspects of this severe disorder; much of her work has focused on finding and developing effective 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 accomplishments.

Dr. Phillips has published more than 290 original scientific articles, review articles, letters, and book chapters. She has also published six first-authored or co-authored books and four edited books on BDD and other topics. She has given more than 500 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 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.

For more information about Dr. Phillips' BDD Program at Rhode Island Hospital, visit www.RhodeIslandHospital.org/bdd. For more information about clinical services, also visit www.KatharinePhillipsMD.com.

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