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Dr Benedetta Monzani

Job title Senior Clinical Psychologist


Benedetta is a senior 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, Psychology & Neuroscience (King’s College London), she completed her PhD at the same institution, examining neuropsychological deficits and genetic factors involved in Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRDs). Benedetta has gained clinical and research experience with OCD, BDD and related disorders, having trained and worked at various national OCRDs 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 at McLean Hospital Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA). Alongside her clinical practice, she continues to be actively involved in writing about, and research into, OCD, BDD and Related Disorders and has published a number of peer-reviewed articles in the field.


Area of Expertise, Specialism or Research Interests

OCD, BDD & Related Disorders


Education and Training

2008 - Masters of Science (MSc) in Clinical Neuroscience - Institute of Neurology, University College London | London (UK)

2013 - Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychological Medicine - Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience | King’s College London | London (UK)

2016 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) - Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience | King’s College London | London (UK)



Monzani B, Monzani B, Rijsdijk F, Harris J, Mataix-Cols D. The structure of genetic and environmental risk factors for dimensional representations of DSM-5 obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. JAMA Psychiatry. 2014 Feb;71(2):182-9.

Mataix-Cols D, Boman M, Monzani B, Rück C, Serlachius E, Långström N, Lichtenstein P. Population-Based, Multigenerational Family Clustering Study of Obsessive-compulsive Disorder. JAMA Psychiatry. 2013 Jul 1;70(7):709-17.

Monzani B, Fallah D, Rautio D, Gumpert M, Jassi A, Fernandez de la Cruz L, Mataix-Cols D, Krebs G. Psychometric Evaluation of the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale Modified for BDD for Adolescents (BDD-YBOCS-A). Child Psychiatry & Human Development. 2022 (In Press).

Rautio D, Jassi A, Krebs G, Andrén P, Monzani B, et al. Clinical characteristics of 172 children and adolescents with body dysmorphic disorder.  Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2022 Jan;31(1):133-144.

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