How You Can Help


There are many ways you can support our mission of alleviating the suffering of individuals with BDD.


Developing effective new treatments and educating patients and the public is central to our mission. It takes tremendous financial resources to advance treatment and fund leading-edge research. With greater funding we know we will be able to reach more patients, help more families and advance our knowledge of this painful and disabling disease. Our unique program is making a significant impact in BDD research and can link that research to clinical advances for patients.

Your philanthropic contribution will contribute substantially to our mission. Gifts of any amount are gratefully accepted and are tax deductible. Please visit our donation page to make a gift to the BDD Program online. You can also contact Victoria Bernardo, major gift officer, at 401-444-6511 or

Donate online today!

Participate in Research

Research is the best way to help people with BDD. Research has helped us identify BDD, better assess who get BDD and what causes it, understand the disease's impact on patients and families, as well as what treatments are most effective. All of the progress that has been made in understanding BDD, can be attributed to patients who have participated in research studies. You can help us with our research! 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 program.


Volunteers contribute to our ongoing efforts to learn more about BDD and help patients with this disease. Volunteers assist with a variety of tasks in our ongoing research. Volunteers have helped with informational mailings, library searches, and data collection. Please contact us, if you live in the Rhode Island area and are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities.


While BDD is becoming more widely recognized all the time, there is still work to be done in educating patients and the public. If you are affected by BDD, you are uniquely qualified to help us spread the word about this disease and our work. Help us address the stigma associated with BDD and other disorders by strongly advocating for more education and encouraging those suffering with BDD to seek treatment. There is help out there, and as an advocate you can make a real difference in people's lives!