About Us


If you're preoccupied with your appearance or body odor, have other unwanted thoughts or behaviors, or suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety, I can help. These are my particular areas of expertise, but as a board-certified psychiatrist I also assess and treat a broad range of psychiatric/psychological conditions and emotional/behavioral problems."

I offer expert one-time evaluations for adults, adolescents, and children that provide recommendations for your ongoing care, wherever you live.

I also offer evaluations that are followed by ongoing outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents who live in the New York City area.

These services are provided in a friendly and relaxed setting. Treatment with medication and/or therapy is integrated with relaxation and mindfulness techniques as well as approaches to enhancing your day-to-day functioning and sense of well-being.

My approach is holistic, while providing encouragement and support. I will strive to help you function and feel as well as possible, and help free you to live a happier, more gratifying, and more fulfilling life.

I'm committed to partnering with you to get you on a pathway to healing.

Meet the Practitioner

Katharine Phillips MD

Katharine Phillips MD

Katharine Phillips, M.D., is internationally recognized for her expertise in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and related disorders, such as olfactory reference syndrome (ORS) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She also has expertise in other obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, anxiety disorders, and other conditions. For more than 25 years, Dr. Phillips has been providing expert evaluation and treatment for people with these and other conditions.

In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Phillips has conducted pioneering research studies on BDD, many funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. 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 studies have identified BDD's symptoms, how it affects people's lives, and other key characteristics. Her studies have also developed and tested effective treatments for BDD -- both medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Dr. Phillips wrote the first book on BDD, The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder, published by Oxford University Press. She then published an updated version of this book, Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder: An Essential Guide. Because body image concerns in men and boys are often overlooked, she co-authored The Adonis Complex: How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent Body Obsession in Men and Boys. And to guide therapists when treating BDD, she co-authored Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Treatment Manual. She is also the editor of Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Advances in Research and Clinical Practice, published in 2017, and wrote many of this "volume's" chapters.

Dr. Phillips is also a co-author or editor of Disorders of Body Image, Handbook on Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, and other books. To visit her Amazon author page and see all of her books, please visit https://www.amazon.com/Katharine-A.-Phillips/e/B000AQ6NHI/ref=sr_tc_img_2_0?qid=1513628158&sr=1-2-acs

Additional contributions:

  • 320 publications in scientific journals and books
  • More than 550 international, national, and local presentations for professionals, most on BDD
  • Interviews with hundreds of media outlets on BDD - for example, the New York Times, London Times, Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, US News and World Report, Time Magazine, Newsweek, CNN, the BBC, National Public Radio, the Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, Dateline NBC, the Today Show, and Good Morning America
  • To see Dr. Phillips on Good Morning America click here and to see a transcript of her on the Oprah Winfrey show click here

Dr. Phillips has repeatedly been included in Best Doctors in America, Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors, and Who's Who in America. She has also been included in Castle Connolly's Exceptional Women in Medicine (National Edition) as well as Marquis' Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who's Who in the World.

Dr. Phillips graduated with honors from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School. She then did her psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. For 23 years she was on the faculty of Brown University, where she is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In 2017 she moved her practice to the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center, and she is currently on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College, both in New York City.

For more information about Dr. Phillips' background and experience, please visit https://weillcornell.org/katharine-phillips-md and https://vivo.brown.edu/display/kphillip. You can see her full curriculum vitae (resume) at https://vivo.brown.edu/docs/k/kphillip_cv.pdf?dt=010020214.