Gail S. Steketee, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
Boston University School of Social Work

Contact Information

Boston University School of Social Work
264 Bay State Rd.
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: (617) 353-3760
FAX: (617) 353-3913

For more details about Dr. Steketee, visit her faculty profile at the School of Social Work.

Read her Greetings from the Dean on the School of Social Work web page.

Click here for the School of Social Work web page.


Compulsive Hoarding Project

If you or someone you know has symptoms of compulsive hoarding (excessive clutter and acquiring), contact Project Director Cristiana Bratiotis, Ph.D at (617) 353-5666.

For more information about the treatment of hoarding outside the Boston area, please visit the website of the International OCF Foundation Hoarding Center (


Recent books on hoarding (available from the publisher, or through by clicking the titles)

Stuff cover

JUST RELEASED!: Frost, R. O., and Steketee, G. (2009). Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Recent reviews of Stuff (click title to read review):


Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring, Therapist Guide, cover

Steketee, G. and Frost, R.O. (2006). Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Therapist Guide. Oxford University Press.


Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring, Workbook, cover

Steketee, G., and Frost, R.O. (2006). Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Workbook. Oxford University Press.


Buried in Treasures, cover

Tolin, D.F., Frost, R.O., and Steketee, G. (2007). Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding. Oxford University Press.

  • Interview on radio station WBUR's show "Here and Now" 2/5/07, segment entitled "Too Much Stuff". (If you have Real Player installed, click here to listen on to this interview).


OCD Resources
If you or someone you know struggle with the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, you might be interested in these links to the web pages of the following organizations:

International OCD Foundation

Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)

Books on OCD

Overcoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Client Manual, cover

Steketee, G. (2008). Overcoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Client Manual: A Behavioral and Cognitive Protocol for the Treatment of OCD. New Harbinger Publications.


Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, cover

Wilhelm, S., and Steketee, S. (2006). Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Guide for Professionals. New Harbinger Publications.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, The Latest Assessment and Treatment Strategies, cover

Steketee, G., and Piqott, T. A. (2006). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: The Latest Assessment and Treatment Strategies, 3rd Edition. Jones and Bartlett Publishers.


Cognitive Approaches to Obsessions and Compulsions, cover

Frost, Randy O., and Steketee, G. (2002). Cognitive Approachs to Obsessions and Compulsions: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment. Pergamon.

Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Steketee, G. (1996). Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Guilford Press.


When Once is Not Enough, cover

Steketee, G, and White, K. (1990). When Once is Not Enough. New Harbinger Publications.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters (2005-present)

Pertusa, A., Frost, R., Fullana, M., Samuels, J., Steketee, G., Tolin, D., et al. (2010). Refining the diagnostic boundaries of compulsive hoarding: A critical review. Clinical Psychology Review.

Tolin, D., Fitch, K., Frost, R., & Steketee, G. (2010). Family informants’ perceptions of insight in compulsive hoarding. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 34(1), 69-81.

Muroff, J., Steketee, G., Himle, J., & Frost, R. (2010). Delivery of internet treatment for compulsive hoarding (D.I.T.C.H.). Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48(1), 79-85.

Renshaw, K., Steketee, G., Rodrigues, C., & Caska, C. (2010). Obsessive–compulsive disorder. Interpersonal processes in the anxiety disorders: Implications for understanding psychopathology and treatment (pp. 153-177). Washington, DC US: American Psychological Association.

Sookman, D., & Steketee, G. (2010). Specialized cognitive behavior therapy for treatment resistant obsessive compulsive disorder. Treatment resistant anxiety disorders: Resolving impasses to symptom remission (pp. 31-74). New York, NY US: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

Muroff, J., Steketee, G., Rasmusse, J., Gibson, A., Bratiotis, C., & Sorrentino, C. (2009). Group cognitive and behavioral treatment for compulsive hoarding: A preliminary trial. Depression and Anxiety, 26(7), 634-640.

Frost, R., Tolin, D., Steketee, G., Fitch, K., & Selbo-Bruns, A. (2009). Excessive acquisition in hoarding. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23(5), 632-639.

Grisham, J., Frost, R., Steketee, G., Kim, H., Tarkoff, A., & Hood, S. (2009). Formation of attachment to possessions in compulsive hoarding. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23(3), 357-361.

Van Noppen, B., & Steketee, G. (2009). Testing a conceptual model of patient and family predictors of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47(1), 18-25.

Larson, M., Amodeo, M., Storti, S., Steketee, G., Blitzman, G., & Smith, L. (2009). A novel CBT Web course for the substance abuse workforce: Community counselors' perceptions. Substance Abuse, 30(1), 26-39.

Grisham, J., Steketee, G., & Frost, R. (2008). Interpersonal problems and emotional intelligence in compulsive hoarding. Depression and Anxiety, 25(9), E63-E71.

Frost, R., Steketee, G., Tolin, D., & Renaud, S. (2008). Development and validation of the clutter image rating. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 30(3), 193-203.

Tolin, D., Frost, R., Steketee, G., & Fitch, K. (2008). Family burden of compulsive hoarding: Results of an internet survey. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46(3), 334-344.

Chambless, D., Floyd, F., Rodebaugh, T., & Steketee, G. (2007). Expressed emotion and familial interaction: A study with agoraphobic and obsessive-compulsive patients and their relatives. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116(4), 754-761.

Tolin, D., Frost, R., & Steketee, G. (2007). An open trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy for compulsive hoarding. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45(7), 1461-1470.

Grisham, J., Brown, T., Savage, C., Steketee, G., & Barlow, D. (2007). Neuropsychological impairment associated with compulsive hoarding. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45(7), 1471-1483.

Sica, C., Steketee, G., Ghisi, M., Chiri, L., & Franceschini, S. (2007). Metacognitive beliefs and strategies predict worry, obsessive-compulsive symptoms and coping styles: A preliminary prospective study on an Italian non-clinical sample. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 14(4), 258-268.

Fogler, J., Tompson, M., Steketee, G., & Hofmann, S. (2007). Influence of expressed emotion and perceived criticism on cognitive-behavioral therapy for social phobia. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45(2), 235-249.

Sookman, D., & Steketee, G. (2007). Directions in specialized cognitive behavior therapy for resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder: Theory and practice of two approaches. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 14(1), 1-17.

Steketee, G., Lam, J., Chambless, D., Rodebaugh, T., & McCullouch, C. (2007). Effects of perceived criticism on anxiety and depression during behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45(1), 11-19.

Wincze, J., Steketee, G., & Frost, R. (2007). Categorization in compulsive hoarding. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45(1), 63-72.

Tolin, D., & Steketee, G. (2007). General Issues in Psychological Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Psychological treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder: Fundamentals and beyond (pp. 31-59). Washington, DC US: American Psychological Association.

Noppen, B., Himle, J., & Steketee, G. (2007). Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Social work in mental health: An evidence-based approach (pp. 377-400). Hoboken, NJ US: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Renshaw, K., Chambless, D., & Steketee, G. (2006). The Relationship of Relatives' Attributions to Their Expressed Emotion and to Patients' Improvement in Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Behavior Therapy, 37(2), 159-169.

Grisham, J., Frost, R., Steketee, G., Kim, H., & Hood, S. (2006). Age of onset of compulsive hoarding. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 20(5), 675-686.

Steketee, G. (2005). Psychometric validation of the obsessive belief questionnaire and interpretation of intrusions inventory--part 2: Factor analyses and testing of a brief version. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43(11), 1527-1542.

Renshaw, K., Steketee, G., & Chambless, D. (2005). Involving Family Members in the Treatment of OCD. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 34(3), 164-175.

Wilhelm, S., Steketee, G., Reilly-Harrington, N., Deckersbach, T., Buhlmann, U., & Baer, L. (2005). Effectiveness of Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: An Open Trial. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 19(2), 173-179.

Coles, M., Heimberg, R., Frost, R., & Steketee, G. (2005). Not just right experiences and obsessive-compulsive features: Experimental and self-monitoring perspectives. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43(2), 153-167.

Hartl, T., Duffany, S., Allen, G., Steketee, G., & Frost, R. (2005). Relationships among compulsive hoarding, trauma, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43(2), 269-276.

Steketee, G., & Fogler, J. (2005). Families of People with a Severe Anxiety Disorder. Families and mental disorders: From burden to empowerment (pp. 87-112). New York, NY US: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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