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  • The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program at Rhode Island Hospital

  • How You Can Help

  • There are many things you can do to support our mission of helping people with BDD and learning more about this disorder. Here are a few ways:

    Participating in Research  

    Ultimately, research is the best way to help people with BDD. Research enables us to learn critically important things, such as how to identify BDD, who gets it, how it affects people, what causes it, and what treatments work. The main reason we've made progress in understanding BDD is that people have participated in research studies. But there's so much more we need to learn! Please contact us if you would like to participate in any of our research studies. You can contact us by calling us at 401-444-1644 or sending an email to our research supervisor, William Menard.  


    Our volunteers provide us with valuable help that contributes to our ongoing efforts to learn more about BDD and help people with this problem. Our volunteers help us with our research projects in many ways—by sending mailings about BDD, doing library searches, and assisting with data collection and processing. Please contact William Menard, research supervisor, if you live in the Rhode Island area and are interested in hearing about volunteer opportunities.

    Donations & Giving  

    Ultimately, we can fulfill our mission of helping people with BDD and learning more about this disorder only if we have adequate financial resources. This determines the research we are able to do, whether we can respond to people's requests for information and help, and our ability to keep our program and research going. Your charitable contribution of any amount will be extremely helpful and contribute substantially to our mission. Please visit our donation page to make a gift contribution to our program online. Alternatively, you can contact us by calling 401-444-1644 or sending an email to to discuss giving to our program.”

    Spreading the Word About BDD  

    Even though BDD is getting better known all the time, it is still an underrecognized problem. Please help us spread the word about BDD by telling other people about this disorder and encouraging them to seek treatment. Your efforts can make a real difference in people's lives!