We are currently enrolling treatment studies on Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). We frequently develop new research studies and have created a Volunteer Research Registry to keep people updated on studies for which they might be eligible. If you would like to be contacted about new research studies, please complete the Volunteer Research Registry.
If you are interested in learning more about our studies and whether you might be eligible to participate in one, please contact us at:
Brain Correlates of Self-Focused Processing as a Biomarker of Treatment Response
PI: Angela Fang, Ph.D.
- Clare Beatty
Purpose of the study: We are examining the way people think about themselves and others, and the brain areas people use when thinking about themselves.
Eligibility: Individuals who are self-conscious about the way they look, or self-conscious in social situations. Must be between 18-45 years old, have no metal in body, not be pregnant, fluent in English.
Length of the study: 12-14 weeks
Visit type: 1 Screening visit, 2 MRI scans, Study treatment (12 sessions of CBT)
A Virtual Reality Study of Cognitive Biases in Body Dysmorphic Disorder
PI’s: Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D., and Berta Summers, Ph.D.
- Anna Schwartzberg
Purpose of the study: Do you feel self-conscious about the way you look? Are you 18+ and living in the Greater Boston area? Virtual reality is increasingly used in clinical settings as a way of assessing and treating a range of psychiatric conditions. We are testing a new virtual reality program that is designed to assess how people respond to ambiguous social information. We are particularly interested in better understanding the thoughts and physiological reactions (skin temperature and heart rate changes) of people with clinically significant appearance concerns and how these reactions compare to people who do not have these concerns.
Eligibility: 18+; fluent in English; meet DSM-5 criteria for principal BDD (BDD group) or no other current psychiatric diagnosis (HC group; assessed via clinical interview).
Exclusion: Acute psychosis, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, or suicidality; serious neurological impairment or intellectual disability; any known cardiac problems, diabetes, or metabolic syndrome; taking medication that affects the heart.
Length of the study: 1 session, 2-3 hrs
Visit type: VR experience, survey, office visit