About Hilary Weingarden, PhD

Dr. Weingarden is a licensed psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions, such as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and anxiety disorders.  She is a staff psychologist in the MGH OCD and Related Disorders Program, where she sees outpatients and is involved in research.

Dr. Weingarden completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from George Mason University and her predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the MGH OCD and Related Disorders Program. 

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Phone: 617-726-6766

Medical Education

  • PhD, George Mason University
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Dr. Weingarden's research interests are broadly focused on cognitive and emotional risk factors for poor psychosocial outcomes in individuals with obsessive-compulsive related disorders (OCRDs) and body image disturbances. She is particularly interested in the roles of shame and other non-anxiety emotions (e.g., disgust, guilt) in OCRDs. Dr. Weingarden is also interested in issues of access to empirically supported treatments and how technology may be used to improve treatment access.


  • View my most recent publications at PubMed

    Selected publications:

    Weingarden, H., Curley, E., Renshaw, K. D. & Wilhelm, S. (2017). Patient-identified events implicated in the development of body dysmorphic disorder. Body Image, 8, 19-25. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.02.003

    Weingarden, H., Renshaw, K. D., Wilhelm, S., Tangney, J. P., & DiMauro, J. (2016). Anxiety and shame as risk factors for depression, suicidality, and functional impairment in body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204, 832-839. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000498

    Weingarden, H., Renshaw, K. D., Tangney, J. P., & Wilhelm, S. (2016). Development and validation of the Body-Focused Shame and Guilt Scale. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive Related Disorders, 8, 9-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2015.11.001

    Weingarden, H., & Renshaw, K. D. (2015). Shame in the obsessive compulsive-related disorders: A conceptual review. Journal of Affective Disorders, 171, 74-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2014.09.010