Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Program at Rhode Island Hospital

Specialty Outpatient Clinic
Director: Katharine A. Phillips, MD
1 Hoppin St
Rhode Island Hospital Coro Center West, Suite 2.030
Providence, Rhode Island 02903


The Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Program was founded in 1996 at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI. The program moved from Butler Hospital to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI, on January 1, 2010. As a BDD specialty program, almost all of the patients we see have BDD. The core treatment components we use at our program are cognitive behavioral therapy and/or medication.

We also provide expert in‐person evaluations for adults, children, and adolescents. Our one-time evaluation focuses on whether you have BDD, other psychological symptoms or problems you may have experienced, and treatment suggestions. We also provide similar evaluation services for people with olfactory reference syndrome (ORS), a condition in which people are bothered by problematic thoughts that they emit an unpleasant or foul body odor. Our evaluation service doesn’t include treatment. If you are already receiving treatment, our goal is to enhance the treatment you receive by making helpful suggestions for your ongoing care. If treatment isn’t available where you live, we will do our best to help you find someone to provide treatment. If you live near Providence, RI, you can consider whether you would like to receive treatment with us following your evaluation.

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