Centre for Mental Health

Visual training program for body dysmorphic disorder: A new treatment trial

We are conducting a new treatment trial involving a visual training program designed for individuals with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). This is based on research that individuals with body dysmorphic disorder can view certain images in a different way to those without the disorder, which can maintain or worsen symptoms. 

Participant criteria

To participate in the study, you must:

  • have a primary diagnosis of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
  • be 18 to 65 years old
  • speak English as your preferred language
  • have no history of neurological or eye conditions
  • be willing to attend ten weekly sessions at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn campus.

Study details

Participating will involve completing pre- and post-assessments, as well as attending weekly sessions over a period of ten weeks with a trained therapist. All participants will be reimbursed $50 for the pre- and post-assessments for their time and any travel expenses.

The assessments include:

  • clinical interview
  • eye tracking tasks
  • social cognition tasks
  • questionnaires.

The ten-week training program consists of three phases:

  • general visual training
  • face specific visual training
  • self-perception visual training using mirrors.

How to participate

For further information, please contact:

Francesca Beilharz, Doctoral Student Researcher
e: fbeilharz@swinburne.edu.au
t: +61 3 9214 5614