Benedetta is a clinical psychologist at the National Specialist OCD, BDD & Related Disorders Service for young people at the Maudsley Hospital. Before completing her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College London), she completed her PhD at the same institution, examining neuropsychological deficits and genetic factors involved in BDD and OCD.
Benedetta has gained clinical and research experience with BDD and OCD, having trained and worked at various national BDD and OCD clinics in the UK and USA, including the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT) at the Maudsley Hospital (UK), the BDD Clinic & Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, USA), and the OCD Institute in Boston (USA), which offers residential treatment for severe BDD and OCD.
Alongside her clinical practice she continues to be actively involved in writing about, and research into, BDD, OCD and Related Disorders. She published a number of peer-reviewed articles on BDD and hopes to help raise awareness of BDD through teaching, media, and research.