Gail Steketee

STEKETEEDean | Professor
Phone: 617-353-3760





Dr. Steketee, a member of the faculty since 1986, was appointed Dean of the Boston University School of Social Work in 2008 after serving as Dean ad interim for three years. From 1996 to 1999, she served as the School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Steketee has taught and conducted research on cognitive and behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders. She currently conducts NIMH-funded research on behavioral and cognitive treatment for body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) with colleagues at MGH, and assessment and treatment for compulsive hoarding problems, including in elderly people, with colleagues at Smith College and Hartford Hospital. She has published extensively in these areas, including four books on obsessions and compulsions, three on compulsive hoarding, and numerous articles and chapters.


BA (social relations), Radcliffe College
MSS (clinical practice), Bryn Mawr College
PhD (clinical research), Bryn Mawr College

Courses Taught

CP 781  Clinical Social Work Assessment and Intervention
CP 795  Cognitive and Behavioral Treatment

Scholarly and Practice Interests

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; family aspects of treating OC spectrum conditions.

Selected Publications


Steketee, G. (Ed.) (2011). Handbook of obsessive compulsive and spectrum disorders. New York: Oxford University Press.

Bratiotis, C., Schmalisch, C., & Steketee, G. (2011). The hoarding handbook: A guide for human service professionals. New York: Oxford University Press.

Frost, R.O., & Steketee, G. (2010). Stuff: Hoarding and the meaning of things. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.         [NY Times non-fiction best seller list, 2011]

Steketee, G., & Frost, R.O. (2007). Compulsive hoarding and acquiring. New York: Oxford Press. [Therapist Guide; Client Workbook]

Tolin, D., Frost, R.O., & Steketee, G. (2007). Buried in treasures: Help for compulsive hoarding. New York: Oxford.

Wilhelm, S., & Steketee, G. (2006). Treating OCD with cognitive therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.


Steketee, G., & Tolin, D.F. (2011). Cognitive-behavior therapy for hoarding in the context of contamination fears. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 67, 485-496. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20793

Steketee, G., Gibson, A., Frost, R.O., Alabiso, J., Arluke, A., Patronek, G., and the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium (HARC). (2011). Characteristics and antecedents of animal hoarding: A comparative interview study. Review of General Psychology.

Frost, R.O., Steketee, G., & Tolin, D.F. (2011). Comorbidity in hoarding disorder. Depression and Anxiety.

Steketee, G., Siev, J., Fama, J.M., Keshaviah, A., Chosak, A., & Wilhelm, S. (2011). Predictors of treatment outcome in modular cognitive therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 28, 333–341. DOI=10.1002/da.20785&ArticleID=798601

Muroff, J., Bratiotis, C., & Steketee, G. (2010). Treatment for compulsive hoarding: A review. Clinical Social Work Journal, .  DOI 10.1007/s10615-010-0311-4

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, 79-85.

Steketee, G., Frost, R.O., Tolin, D.F., Rasmussen, J., & Brown, T.A. (2010). Waitlist controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy for hoarding disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 476-484.

Turner, K., Steketee, G. & Nauth, L. (2010). Treating elders with compulsive hoarding: A pilot program. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 17, 449-457.

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

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, 18-25. .

Frost, R.O., Steketee, G., Tolin, D.F., & Renaud, S. (2008). Development and validation of the Clutter Image Rating. Journal of Personality and Behavioral Assessment. 30, 193-203.

Steketee, G., Lam, J.N., Chambless, D. L., Rodebaugh, T., & McCullough, C. (2007). Effects of perceived criticism and sensitivity to criticism on processes during behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders. Behaviour Reseearch and Therapy. 45, 11-19.

Wilhelm, S., Steketee, G., Reilly-Harrington, N.A., Deckersbach, T., Buhlmann, U., & Baer, L. (2005). Efficacy of cognitive therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 19, 173-179.

Selected Presentations

Ruth, B.J., Steketee, G., Gehnrich, J., & Kreida, E. (2011, November). Educating Social Workers in CBT for Anxiety Disorders, Paper presented at the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.

Diefenbach, G., Tolin, D., Steketee, G., Dimauro, J., & Frost, R.O. (2011, November). Characteristics of late-life compulsive hoarding. Poster presented at the Gerontology Society of America conference. Boston, MA.

Muroff, J.M., Steketee, G., Frost, R.O., & Tolin, D.F. (2012, January). Is cognitive behavioral therapy for hoarding disorder durable? Follow-up outcomes and predictors from a randomized controlled trial.  Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research conference, Washington, DC.

Steketee, S., Ruth, B.J., Gehnrich, J., & Kreida, E. (March, 2011). Educating social work trainees on cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders. Symposium paper presented at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America conference, New Orleans, LA.

Steketee, G. (March, 2011). Management of treatment resistant OCD and spectrum disorders in children and adults. Panel presentation at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America conference, New Orleans, LA.

Steketee, G. (2010, November). Recent advances in understanding the phenomenology of hoarding: Implications for conceptualization. Symposium paper at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies conference, San Francisco, CA.

Wilhelm, S., & Steketee, G. (2009, September). Recent advances in the assessment and cognitive treatment of OCD. Juried workshop presented at the European Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Steketee, G., Rasmussen, J., Frost, R., & Tolin, D. (2009, November). Predictors of CBT Hoarding Outcomes. Symposium paper presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies conference, New York, NY.

Steketee, G., Frost, R.O., Tolin, D., Sorrentino, C., Bratiotis, C., Gibson, A., & Rasmussen, J. (2008, January).  Treatment Outcomes for Compulsive Hoarding: Pilot and Waitlist-Controlled Trials, Paper presented at Society for Social Work and Research conference, Washington, DC.

Selected Grant Activity

Efficacy Evaluation of a Unified Transdiagnostic Treatment for Anxiety Disorders, NIMH R34, 2011-2013, Expert Consultant.  This treatment development grant was awarded to PI Dr. David Barlow at Boston University Department of Psychology and the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.

Development of a Behavioral Team Intervention for OCD NIMH K23 2010-2015, Mentor. This career development grant was awarded to PI Dr. Maria Mancebo at Butler Hospital/Brown University to develop community service interventions for OCD.

Psychopathology of Compulsive Hoarding, NIMH R01, 2005-2009. Principal Investigator. This collaborative site grant with Dr Randy Frost at Smith College and Dr. David Tolin at Hartford Hospital studied the symptoms of hoarding and its relationship to OCD and normative behavior.

Treatment of Compulsive Hoarding, NIMH R21, 2003-2006. Principal Investigator. This treatment development grant with colleagues Dr. Randy Frost at Smith College and Dr. David Tolin at Hartford Hospital focused on developing and testing a multi-method treatment for hoarding.

Treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, NIMH R34, 2004-2007. Co-Investigator. This R34 grant with Dr. Sabine Wilhelm (Principal investigator) from Mass General Hospital and Dr. Kathy Phillips from Butler Hospital aims to develop and test a cognitive behavioral treatment for BDD.

Other recently completed grants examined (1) cognitive therapy for OCD (NIMH R21, Co-PI), (2) reasons for treatment failure for clients with OCD (OC Foundation, Co-PI), (3) compulsive hoarding among elderly people (OC Foundation, PI), and (4) family factors predicting treatment outcome for OCD (NIMH R01, PI).

Consulting and Professional Activities

Editorial Board Member, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Clinical Psychology Review, In Session: Journal of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders

Scientific Advisory Board Member: Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Oakland, CA; Italian Association for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Padua, Italy; Canadian Institute for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Treatments that Work series for Oxford University Press

Charter Member, Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)

Awards and Honors

Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies Award, Assumption College, June, 2011, Worcester, MA

Aaron Rosen Lecture, Society for Social Work Research, January, 2010, San Francisco, CA

Co-Chair, World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, June, 2010, Boston, MA

Service Award, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, November, 2010, San Francisco, CA

Licensure and Certifications

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Massachusetts