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Friday, July 29 • 9:15am - 10:45am
Reflecting on BDD: Recent Findings and Implications for Treatment

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This presentation features four recent findings on the psychopathology and treatment of BDD. First, Ms. Weingarden will present data examining general shame and body shame as predictors of BDD severity and outcomes. Second, Dr. Cougle will share his findings on "not-just-right-experiences" (uncomfortable feelings of incompleteness, imperfection, or perceptions that the environment is not as it should be), and discuss their role in BDD. Third, Dr. Phillips will present data on motives for drug use in BDD. Lastly, Dr. Wilhelm will present findings on mechanisms underlying symptom change in cognitive-behavioral therapy for BDD. Dr. Fang will moderate the discussion and draw key themes across these studies to advance our understanding of BDD mechanisms and treatment.


Jesse Cougle, PhD

Dr. Jesse Cougle is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. He received postgraduate degrees from Oxford University and the University of Texas at Austin. He has published widely on the topics of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, anxiety disorders, and problematic anger. Dr. Cougle has received funding to support his research from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of... Read More →

Angela Fang, PhD

Angela Fang, Ph.D. is an Assistant in Psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Angela completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Dartmouth College and her graduate training in Clinical Psychology at Boston University. Her clinical and research interests involve examining the neurobiological correlates of obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders, as well as the relationship... Read More →

Katharine Phillips, MD

Dr. Katharine Phillips is Professor of Psychiatry, Brown University, Senior Research Scientist, and Director, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program, Rhode Island Hospital. She is an internationally recognized researcher and expert on body dysmorphic disorder, with expertise on OCD and other disorders. Dr. Phillips has more than 290 publications and has authored or edited ten books. She is on the scientific advisory boards of the Anxiety... Read More →

Hilary Weingarden, MA

Hilary Weingarden is a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital and is completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at George Mason University. Hilary's clinical and research interests are broadly focused on cognitive and emotional risk factors for poor psychosocial outcomes and treatment response in individuals with obsessive compulsive related disorders (OCRDs) and chronic tic disorders. She is particularly... Read More →
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Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Chief of Psychology; Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sabine Wilhelm is a Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Harvard Medical School. She is the Chief of Psychology and the Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is Co-Director of the MGH Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence. Dr. Wilhelm is recognized as a leading researcher in tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Chicago E, 5th Floor