Katharine Phillips   Professor of Psychiatry

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research overview


    Dr. Katharine Phillips is internationally recognized for her pioneering research studies and clinical expertise in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), olfactory reference syndrome (ORS), and other obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Her research on BDD has identified many key aspects of this severe psychiatric disorder. Much of her work has focused on developing and testing effective treatments, both medication treatment and therapy, for BDD. Her research studies on body dysmorphic disorder 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, research mentoring, and other academic accomplishments, including a Special Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association for her research accomplishments. Dr. Phillips has more than 330 scientific publications (original reports, book chapters, reviews, letters), and she has authored or edited 11 books. She has given more than 590 presentations in the U.S. and abroad.


  • Body dysmorphic disorder
    Obsessive-compulsive disorder
    Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
    Olfactory reference syndrome


teaching overview

  • Dr. Phillips has provided research mentoring to many beginning and early-career researchers (for example, junior faculty, residents, medical students, and undergraduate students), which was supported for many years by a K24 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

    She is currently Residency Research Director for the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. From 2006-2017 she was Director of Research Training for the General Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. From 2013-2017 she was a Multiple Principal Investigator on an R25 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, which provides research training for general psychiatry residents at Brown University. 

    Dr. Phillips has additionally provided research teaching and mentoring at national scientific meetings, such as the annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology, and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

    She has also done clinical teaching and supervision, primarily for psychiatry residents, for more than 25 years.



Primary Email

  • kap9161@med.cornell.edu