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Katharine Phillips, MD, is internationally known for her expertise in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and related disorders, such as olfactory reference syndrome (ORS) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). For more than 25 years, Dr. Phillips has conducted ground-breaking scientific research on BDD and has provided expert evaluation and treatment with medication and therapy for people with these and other conditions.
She is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (promotion to full Professor is in process) and an Attending Psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College (appointment pending). She is also Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Specialties & Expertise
- General Psychiatry
- Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology
- Anxiety Disorder
- Anxiety and Depression
Clinical & Academic Positions
Assistant Attending Psychiatrist (Interim)
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Interim)
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Education & Training
- M.D., Dartmouth Medical School, 1987
- A.B., Dartmouth College, 1977
Honors & Awards
Summa Cum Laude, Dartmouth College, 1977
Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, Dartmouth College, 1977
Rufus Choate Scholar, Dartmouth College, 1977
Rolf C. Syvertsen Fellow (for outstanding academic performance), Dartmouth Medical School, 1986
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Dartmouth Medical School, 1987
The Dean's Medal (awarded for highest academic achievement), Dartmouth Medical School, 1987
Outstanding Resident Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 1989
American Psychiatric Association/Burroughs-Wellcome Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 1989-1991
Honorable Mention, Psychiatric Research Fellowship, American Psychiatric Association, 1991
Resident Research Award, American Psychiatric Association, 1991
The Paul M. Howard Prize, McLean Hospital, 1991
Marquis Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals, 1991
NCDEU New Investigators' Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 1993
Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Clinical Psychiatry, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, 1994
Travel Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 1995
Honorable Mention, Gerald L. Klerman Award for outstanding research, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, 1997
Literary Award (for “The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder”), Rhode Island Medical Women’s Association, 1998
Research Mentor Award, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 2001, 2007, and 2015
Best Doctors in America (National Edition), 2001-2003, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2014, 2015-2016, 2017-2018, Best Doctors, Inc., Aiken, SC
Dorfman Journal Paper Award, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, 2002
Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2003-present
Special Presidential Commendation (for research on body dysmorphic disorder), American Psychiatric Association, 2004
Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors (National Edition), 2006-2017
American Men and Women of Science, 26th Edition, 2009
Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2009-2016
Marquis Who’s Who of American Women, 2010
Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2010-present
Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2011
US News and World Report Best Doctors, 2011-2013
Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 2011-2012 and 2016-2017
Author Commendation (one of best authors in Psychiatry), UpToDate, 2017
Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine (National Edition), 2017
Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
Who’s Who Top Doctors Honors Edition, 2017-
Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 2017
Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors (National Edition), 2006-2018
Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 2017, 2018
Dr. Phillips graduated with honors from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School. She completed her psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She subsequently joined the faculty of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she has been Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior since 2003.
Dr. Phillips is a physician and scientist who has spent her career caring for patients and conducting groundbreaking scientific research on body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and other psychiatric disorders. People with BDD perceive themselves as looking abnormal, ugly, or unattractive, to the point where it causes emotional distress or interferes with their functioning and quality of life. Her research on BDD has identified and elucidated many aspects of this common and severe psychiatric disorder. Much of her scientific research 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.
Dr. Phillips has more than 320 scientific publications (original scientific articles, review articles, letters, and book chapters). She has also written or edited 11 books on BDD and other topics. Her books include the first book on BDD, The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder: An Essential Guide, both published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Phillips has given more than 550 international, national, and local presentations for professionals, including 120 Grand Rounds.
Dr. Phillips has served on many national boards and committees. She is an elected Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is currently 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).
To disseminate information about BDD and related conditions, Dr. Phillips has done more than 500 media interviews on her research and clinical work. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, the London Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, 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, Who's Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in the World. She has repeatedly been included in Who's Who in America, Best Doctors in America, and Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors.