Faculty Profile: Elizabeth Didie, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Didie
Elizabeth Didie, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: 401-787-3219


Elizabeth R. Didie, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who completed a clinical research fellowship at Butler Hospital and Brown University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2003, and completed her internship and clinical fellowship at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.

Dr. Didie's clinical and research background is in disorders of body image—specifically body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), bulimia, binge eating disorder and bulimia. Her current clinical and research focus includes developing psychosocial treatments for BDD, interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral therapies for BDD, and understanding the interface between eating disorders and BDD.

Grants and Awards

Chief Fellow, Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University Medical School, 2003
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Awardee, 2005-2007; 2008-2011
American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) Travel Fellowship, 2006
NIMH New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit (NCDEU) New Investigator Award, 2006
Distinguished Fellow, NIH OBSSR 8th Annual Summer Institute on Clinical Trials, 2008


Member, Rhode Island Psychological Association (RIPA)
Member, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
Member, Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
Member, International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy (ISIPT)
Member, American Psychological Association (APA)

Funded Research

Didie, E.R. (PI) (1/2007 – 12/2011) Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder. National Institutes of Mental Health (K23 MH076934); $829,467.

Teaching Experience


Guest Lecturer, Body Image: Etiology, Psychopathology, and Treatment. Sociocultural Influences on Body Image, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 2000.

Guest Lecturer, Introduction to Psychology. Eating Disorders – Development and Maintenance, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, November 2000.

Guest Lecturer, Body Image: Etiology, Psychopathology & Treatment. Sociocultural Influence on Body Image, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, June 2001.


Instructor, Advanced Social Psychology. Northwestern Medical School, Chicago, IL, Fall 2003.

Guest Lecturer, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity and Bulimia,
Brown Medical School Providence, RI, May 2005.

Guest Lecturer, Behavioral Therapy for Obesity, Brown Medical School, Providence, RI, May 2006.

Guest Lecturer, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Brown Medical School, Providence, RI, 2006-present.

Guest Lecturer, Interpersonal Psychotherapy,
Brown Medical School, Providence, RI, December 2006.

Research Supervisor of undergraduate, graduate psychology & social work students, research assistants, psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows, Brown Medical School, Butler Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, 2006-present.

Guest Lecturer, Integrated Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brown Medical School, Providence, RI, February 2008.

Clinical Supervisor of psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows, Brown Medical School, Butler Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, 2009 – present.

Facilitator, Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Research workshop, Authorship and Peer Review, Brown University, Providence, RI, June 2010.

IPT Certified Clinical Supervisor (Level D), University of Iowa Medical School, Iowa City, IA, April 2010 – present.

Selected Publications

  • Didie, E.R., Kuniega-Pietrzak, T., & Phillips, K.A. (2010). Body image in patients with body dysmorphic disorder: Evaluations of and investment in appearance, health/illness, and fitness. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 7(1), 66-69. (2010)
  • Didie, E.R., Kelly, M.M., & Phillips, K.A. (2010). Clinical features of body dysmorphic disorder. Psychiatric Annals, 40, 310-316. (2010)
  • Phillips, K.A., Wilhelm, S., Koran, L.M., Didie, E.R., Fallon, B., Feusner, J., & Stein, D. (2010). Body dysmorphic disorder: Some key issues for DSM-V. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 573-591. (2010)
  • Bjornsson A.S., Didie, E.R., & Phillips, K.A. (2010). Body dysmorphic disorder. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 12, 221-232. (2010)
  • Didie, E.R., Reinecke, M.A., & Phillips, K.A. (2010). Case conceptualization and treatment of comorbid body dysmorphic disorder and bulimia nervosa. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 17, 259-269. (2010)
  • Lowe, M.R., Butryn, M.L., Didie, E.R., Annunziato, R.A., Thomas, J.G., Crerand, C.E., Ochner, C.N., Coletta, M.C., Bellace, D., Wallaert, M., Halford, J. (2009). The power of food scale: A new measure of the psychological influence of the food environment. Appetite, 53(1), 114-118. (2009)
  • Annunziato, R.A., Timko, C.A., Crerand, C.E., Didie, E.R., Bellace, D.L., Phelan, S., Kerzhnerman, I., Lowe, M.R. (2009). An examination of differential meal replacement adherence in a weight loss maintenance program. Eating Behaviors, 10(3), 176-183. (2009)
  • Phillips, K.A., Didie, E.R., Feusner J., & Wilhelm S. (2008). Body dysmorphic disorder: Treating an underrecognized disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165, 1111-1118. (2008)
  • Didie, E.R., Menard, W., Stern, A., Phillips, K.A. (2008). Occupational functioning and impairment in adults with body dysmorphic disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 49, 561-569. (2008)
  • Lowe, M.R., Tappe K., Annunziato, R., Riddell L., Coletta M., Crerand, C., Didie, E.R., Ochner C., McKinney, S. (2008). The effect of training in reduced energy density eating and food self-monitoring accuracy on weight loss maintenance: A randomized controlled trial. Obesity, 17(4), 622-624. (2008)
  • Didie, E.R., Walters, M.M., Pinto, A., Menard, W., Eisen, J.L., Mancebo, M., Rasmussen, S.A., Phillips, K.A. (2007). A comparison of quality of life and psychosocial functioning in obsessive-compulsive disorder versus body dysmorphic disorder. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry,19(3), 181-186. (2007)
  • Didie, E.R., Phillips, K.A. (2007). "RE: Mortality Among Canadian Women with Cosmetic Breast Implants" (letter) American Journal of Epidemiology,165 (7), 846. (2007)
  • Phillips, K.A., Didie, E.R., Menard, W. (2007). Clinical features and correlates of major depressive disorder in individuals with body dysmorphic disorder Journal of Affective Disorders, 97,129-135. (2007)
  • Didie, E.R., Tortolani, C.C., Pope, C., Menard, W., Fay, C. & Phillips, K.A. (2006). Childhood abuse and neglect in body dysmorphic disorder. Child Abuse and Neglect, 30 (10), 1105-1115. (2006)
  • Didie ER, Tortolani C, Walters M, Menard W, Fay C, Phillips KA. (2006). Social functioning in body dysmorphic disorder: assessment considerations. Psychiatric Quarterly, 77 (3), 223-229. (2006)
  • Lowe, M.R., Annunziato R.A., Markowitz, J.T., Didie E.R., Bellace, D.L., Riddell, L., Maille, C., McKinney, S., Stice, E. (2006). Multiple types of dieting prospectively predict weight gain during the freshman year of college. Appetite, 47(1), 83-90. (2006)
  • Phillips, K.A., Conroy, M., Dufresne, R.G., Menard, W., Didie, E.R., Hunter, J., Fay, C., Pagano, M. (2006). Tanning in body dysmorphic disorder. Psychiatric Quarterly, 77(2), 129-138. (2006)
  • Phillips, K.A., Didie, E.R., Pagano, M., Fay, C., & Menard, W. (2006). A comparison of body dysmorphic disorder in adults versus adolescents. Psychiatry Research, 141(3), 305-314. (2006)
  • Didie, E.R., Loerke, E., Howes, S.E., & Phillips, K.A. (in press). Severity of interpersonal problems in individuals with body dysmorphic disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders. ()