Gail Steketee

Professor of Social Work
Dean, School of Social Work

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B.A. (social relations) Radcliffe College
M.S.S. (clinical practice) Bryn Mawr College
Ph.D. (clinical research) Bryn Mawr College

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Dean Steketee is both Dean of the School of Social Work and Professor of Social Work. Her research interests include psychopathology and treatment of hoarding disorder symptoms (clutter, excessive acquiring, difficulty discarding), cognitive aspects of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), cognitive and behavioral treatments for OCD and OC spectrum conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder and  family… Read more

Dean Steketee is both Dean of the School of Social Work and Professor of Social Work. Her research interests include psychopathology and treatment of hoarding disorder symptoms (clutter, excessive acquiring, difficulty discarding), cognitive aspects of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), cognitive and behavioral treatments for OCD and OC spectrum conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder and  family aspects of treating OC spectrum conditions. She is the author of several books and dozens of articles including The hoarding handbook: A guide for human service professionals (with Christiana Bratiosis and Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch). She is also a Charter Member of the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR).

 

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    • Hoarding helpers

      June 24, 2015

      Waterloo Chronicle Gail Steketee, School of Social Work After fielding thousands of calls and helping hundreds of hoarders deal with their affliction over the past two years, a local hoarding initiative is looking to expand across the province to help other communities diagnose and treat hoarders… Expert quote: “Because hoarding is a complicated problem and […]

    • Tips for Ending Your Shopping Addiction

      January 27, 2015

      U.S. News & World Report Gail Steketee, School of Social Work If you found yourself shopping more than you’d like over the holidays and are now trying to tamp down spending for the new year, then you might pick up some useful strategies from research into how best to help shopaholics overcome their overspending tendencies... View […]

    • Take a look at your house – are you a hoarder?

      November 24, 2014

      Orlando Sentinel Gail Steketee, School of Social Work But I might need it. But it was expensive. But it was Mom’s. But it still works. But it was a gift. But I might lose weight. But it might be worth something. But it’s irreplaceable. But I don’t have time to deal with it… Expert quote: […]

    • Experts speculate Pocheon murder suspect a ‘hoarder’

      August 7, 2014

      The Korea Herald Gail Steketee, School of Social Work Crime experts raised speculation Thursday that a woman who kept two dead bodies in her house might be a patient of a disorder known as compulsive hoarding… View full article referencing expert Gail Steketee

    • When you can’t let go: Treatment can break the grip of hoarding disorder

      July 9, 2014

      Chicago Tribune Gail Steketee, School of Social Work Many of us have trouble parting with our possessions–even when we no longer need them. I have a collection of greeting cards I’ve been storing since childhood and will probably never look at again. My husband owns a few pieces of clothing older than our 17-year marriage… […]

    • When you can’t let go: What to do about hoarding

      May 22, 2014

      Harvard Health Blog Gail Steketee, School of Social Work Many of us have trouble parting with our possessions—even when we no longer need them… Expert quote: “There is some specific association to an object, or an object is seen to represent a person’s identity in some important way.” View full article

    • For the love of lightening up

      April 30, 2014

      CNN.com Gail Steketee, School of Social Work Your Nana’s collection of figurines. The treadmill from your days as a runner. That unfinished five-year quilting project. As spring-cleaning season kicks in, you’re inspired to chuck anything that isn’t being put to good use. But then you falter, since getting rid of stuff can be an emotionally charged […]

    • Szymanski, Frost, Steketee: New Houston ordinance criminalizes hoarders

      April 26, 2014

      Houston Chronicle Co-written by Gail Steketee, School of Social Work While it seems that the authors of this ordinance set out to be sensitive to the complex issues surrounding hoarding disorder, we believe that calling it the Anti-Hoarding Ordinance needlessly stigmatizes those suffering from a mental illness… View full article by expert Gail Steketee

    • How to overcome a shopping addiction

      March 27, 2014

      U.S. News & World Report Gail Steketee, School of Social Work About 5 percent of Americans suffer from compulsive shopping, and even more struggle with lesser forms of overspending, says Terrence Shulman, founder of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding based in Franklin, Mich… Expert quote: “In some cases, compulsive shopping overlaps […]

    • How to Overcome Shopping Addiction

      January 21, 2014

      U.S. News & World Report Gail Steketee, School of Social Work January often inspires new resolutions to spend less money. For some people, that means first overcoming a shopping addiction… Expert quote: “In some cases, compulsive shopping overlaps with compulsive hoarding, where people accumulate so much stuff that it interferes with their lives and living […]

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