Adjunct Professor of 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 Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is also Professor of Psychiatry, DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar, and Residency Research Director in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College as well as Attending Psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Her clinical practice is located at the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center in Manhattan ( To learn more about her clinical services, visit or, or call 646-962-2820. 

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 studies on BDD have 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 were continuously funded by the National Institute of Mental Health for more than 20 years.

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.

She has more than 340 publications (original scientific articles, review articles, letters, and book chapters). She has also written or edited 11 books on BDD and other topics. She has given more than 600 international, national, and local presentations for professionals, including more than 120 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 Directors 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 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 psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Phillips was a member of the full-time Brown medical school faculty for more than two decades; she was Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior from 2003-2018. For many years she 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 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 Wall Street Journal, 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 repeatedly been included in Best Doctors in America, Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World. She has also 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.


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