Gail Steketee

STEKETEEDean | Professor
Phone: 617-353-3760
steketee@bu.edu

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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 conducted research and taught on cognitive and behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders. She has conducted NIMH-funded research on behavioral and cognitive treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) with colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania and Mass General Hospital. Her current research focuses on assessment and treatment of hoarding disorder in adults with colleagues at Smith College and Hartford Hospital. She has published extensively in these areas, including over a dozen books and numerous articles and chapters. She serves on the scientific advisory board of the International OCD Foundation and has been a board member of the National Association of Deans and Directors of MSW programs. She is an elected Fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and was elected president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) for 2016-17.

Education

AB    (social relations)        Harvard University
MSS (clinical practice)       Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
PhD (clinical research)      Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

Courses Taught

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

Scholarly and Practice Interests

Symptoms and treatment of hoarding disorder including difficulty discarding, clutter, and excessive acquiring; community interventions for hoarding; cognitive and behavioral treatments for OCD and OC spectrum conditions; family aspects of OCD and hoarding.

Selected Publications

Books

Frost, R.O., & Steketee, G. (Eds.) (2014). Handbook of hoarding and acquiring. NY: Oxford University Press.

Steketee, G., & Frost, R.O. (2014, 2nd Ed.). Treatment for hoarding disorder: Therapist guide. New York: Oxford University Press.

Steketee, G., & Frost, R.O. (2014, 2nd Ed.). Treatment for hoarding disorder: Workbook. New York: Oxford University Press.

Tolin, D., Frost, R.O., & Steketee, G. (2014, 2nd Ed.). Buried in treasures: Help for compulsive hoarding. New York: Oxford University Press.

Muroff, J., Underwood, P., & Steketee, G., (2014). Group treatment for hoarding disorder: Therapist guide. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wilhelm, S., Phillips, K., & Steketee, G. (2013). Cognitive behavioral therapy for body dysmorphic disorder. New York: Guilford.

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.

Articles

Steketee, G., Kelley, A.A., Wernick, J., Muroff, J.M., Frost, R.O., & Tolin, D.F. (2015). Familial aspects of hoarding disorder. Depression and Anxiety.

Bratiotis, C., & Steketee, G. (2015). Hoarding disorder: Models, interventions, and efficacy, Focus: Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry, 13(2), 175-183.

Frost, R.O., Steketee, G., Tolin, D.F., Sinopoli, N., & Ruby, D. (2015). Motives for acquiring and saving in hoarding disorder, OCD, and community controls. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 4, 54-59.

Tolin, D.F., Frost, R.O., Steketee, G., & Muroff, J. (2015). Cognitive behavioral therapy for hoarding disorder: A meta-analysis. Depression and Anxiety, 32, 158-166.

Muroff, J.M., Steketee, G., Frost, R.O., & Tolin, D.F. (2014). Cognitive behavior therapy for hoarding disorder: Follow-up findings and predictors of outcome. Depression & Anxiety, 31, 964-971.

Rasmussen, J., Steketee, G., Frost, R.O., Tolin, D.F., & Brown, T.A. (2014). Assessing squalor in hoarding: The Home Environment Index. Community Mental Health Journal, 50(5), 591-596. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-013-9665-8.

Wilhelm, S., Philips, K.A., Didie, E. Buhlmann, U., Greenberg, J.L., Fama, J.M., Keshaviah, A., Steketee, G. (2014). Modular cognitive-behavioral therapy for body dysmorphic disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Behavior Therapy, 45(3), 314-327. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2013.12.007

Frost, R.O., Rosenfield, E., Steketee, G., & Tolin, D. (2013). An examination of excessive acquisition in hoarding disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3(4), 338-345. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jocrd.2013.06.001

Slyne, K., Tolin, D.F., Steketee, G., & Frost, R.O. (2013). Characteristics of animal owners among
individuals with object hoarding. Brief Report Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2, 466-471.

Frost, R.O., Hristova, V., Steketee, G., & Tolin, D.F. (2013). Activities of Daily Living in hoarding disorder (ADL-H). Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2, 85-90.

Rasmussen, J.L., Brown, T.A., Steketee, G.S., & Barlow, D.L. (2013). Impulsivity in hoarding. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders.

Bratiotis, C., Steketee, G., Davidow, J., Samuels, J., Tolin, D. & Frost, R. (2013). Use of services by people who hoard objects. Best Practices in Mental Health, 9, 39-51.

Tolin, D.T., Frost, R.O., & Steketee, G. (2012). Working with hoarding versus non-hoarding clients: A survey of professional’s attitudes and experiences. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. 1, 48-53.

Steketee, G., Sorrentino-Schmalisch, C., Dierberger, A., DeNobel, D., & Frost, R.O. (2012). Symptoms and history of older people with compulsive hoarding. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. 1, 1–7.

Frost, R. O. Steketee, G., & Tolin, D.T., (2012). Diagnosis and assessment of hoarding disorder. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology.8, 219-242. Doi: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032511-143116 

Tolin, D.F., Stevens, M.C., Villavicencio, A.L., Norberg, M.M., Calhoun, V.D., Frost, R.O., Steketee, G., Rauch, S.L., & Pearlson, G.D. (2012). Neural mechanisms of decision-making in hoarding disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 1, 180-188.

Muroff, J.M., Steketee, G., Bratiotis, C., & Ross, A. (2012). Group cognitive behavioral therapy and bibliotherapy for hoarding disorder: A preliminary trial. Depression and Anxiety, 29, 597-604.

Muroff, J., Bratiotis, C., & Steketee, G. (2011). Treatment for compulsive hoarding: A review. Clinical Social Work Journal, 39, 406-423. DOI 10.1007/s10615-010-0311-4

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

Siev, J., Steketee, G., Fama, J. M., & Wilhelm, S. (2011). Cognitive and clinical characteristics of sexual and religious obsessions. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 25, 167-176. DOI: 10.1891/0889-8391.25.3.167

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

Wilhelm, S., Phillips, K.A., Fama, J.M., Greenberg, J.L., & Steketee, G. (2011). Modular cognitive-behavioral therapy for body dysmorphic disorder. Behavior Therapy, 42, 624-633.

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, 15, 114-124.

Frost, R.O., Tolin, D.F., Steketee, G., & Oh, M. (2011). Indecisiveness and hoarding. International Journal of Clinical Psychotherapy, 4, 253-262.

Yovel, I., Gershuny, B.S., Steketee, G., Buhlmann, U., Fama, J.M., Mitchell, J., & Wilhelm, S. (2011). Idiosyncratic severity profiles of obsessive compulsive dysfunction: A detailed self-report assessment of a multifaceted syndrome. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36, 694-713.

Frost, R.O., Steketee, G., & Tolin, D.F. (2011). Comorbidity in hoarding disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 28, 876-84.

Tolin, D.F., Fitch, K.E., Frost, R.O., & Steketee, G. (2010). Family informants’ perception of insight in compulsive hoarding, Cognitive Therapy and Research, 34, 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, 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.

Tolin, D.F., Frost, R.O., & Steketee, G. (2010). A brief interview for assessing compulsive hoarding: The Hoarding Rating Scale. Psychiatry Research, 30, 147-152.

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.

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.

Wilhelm, S., Steketee, G., Fama, J.M., Buhlmann, U., Teachman, B., & Golan, E. (2009). Modular cognitive therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder: A waitlist-controlled trial. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 23, 294-305.

Selected Presentations

Wachman, M., Ross, A., & Steketee, G. (2015, October). An economic valuation of social work intervention in health care: A systematic review. Poster presentation at the 50th annual meeting & conference of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care. Austin, TX.

Steketee, G. (2014, November). Recent advances in understanding and treating OCD: Mechanisms of change and novel treatment targets. Symposium discussant at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Steketee, G. (2014, November). Community based interventions for hoarding disorder. Symposium discussant at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Muroff, J., & Steketee, G. (2014, November). Sorting out core vulnerabilities from hoarding among young adults. Symposium paper presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Steketee, G. (2014, March). All in the family: hoarding across generations. Symposium paper presented at the annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Chicago, IL.

Steketee, G. (2014, March). Current trends in OCD Family Research and Treatment implications. Symposium discussant at the annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Chicago, IL.

Steketee, G. (2014, March). Management of treatment resistant OCD and Spectrum conditions. Panelist at the annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Chicago, IL.

Ong, C., Frost, R.O., Steketee, G., & Tolin, D. (2013, November). Cognitive restructuring and thought listing in decisions about discarding in hoarding disorder. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

Carmin, C., Abramowitz, J., Franklin, M., Frost, R.O., Steketee, G., Pollard, A., & Rieman, B. (2013, November). Treatment resistant OCD and Spectrum Conditions in Children and Adults. Panel presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

Kelley, A.A., Steketee, G., Muroff, J., Frost, R., Tolin, D., & Wernick, J. (2013, November). Family patterns in hoarding disorder (HD) behaviors. Poster presented at the American Public Health Association conference, Boston, MA.

Muroff, J., & Steketee, G. (2013, July). Identifying core vulnerabilities for hoarding among young adults. World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Lima, Peru.

Discussant for symposium by K. Timpano (2013, July). Innovations in the treatment of OCD and associated disorders. World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Lima, Peru.

Ayers, C., Bratiotis, C., Frost, R.O., Saxena, S., Steketee, G., & Timpano, K. (2013, July). Ask the experts on hoarding, Panel presentation at the International OCD Foundation conference, Nashville, TN.

Steketee, G., & Ayers, C. (2013, April). Challenges in treating hoarding in midlife and older adults, Workshop presented at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, San Diego, CA.

Steketee, G. (2013, April). Beyond psychologist training: CBT education in psychiatry, social work, and primary care. Symposium paper presented at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, San Diego, CA.

Rosenfield, E., Frost, R., Steketee, G., & Tolin, D. (2012, November). Acquisition in hoarding. Symposium talk at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, National Harbor, MD.

Muroff, J., Bratiotis, C., & Steketee, G. (2012, November). Decisions, emotions and stuff: Hoarding among young adults. Symposium talk at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, National Harbor, MD.

Steketee, G., & Muroff, J. (2012, November). Cognitive and behavioral therapy methods for hoarding disorder. Clinical grand rounds presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, National Harbor, MD.

Carmin, C., Abramowitz, J., Storch, E., Frost, R., Pollard, A., & Steketee, G. (2012, November). Treatment-resistant OCD and spectrum conditions in adults and children, Panel presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, National Harbor, MD.

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

Steketee, G., Ayers, C., Umbach, A., Tolin, D., & Frost, R. (2011, November). Family accommodation of hoarding: Assessment and features in an internet sample. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. Toronto, ON.

Muroff, J. Steketee, G., Frost, R., & Tolin, D. (2011, November). CBT for hoarding disorder: Follow-up results of a randomized controlled trial. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. Toronto, ON.

Rasmussen, J. Steketee, G. & Barlow, D. (2011, November). Acquisition and impulsivity in compulsive hoarding. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. Toronto, ON.

Siev, J., Steketee, G., Fama, J., & Wilhelm, S. (2011, November). Sexual, religious, and contamination obsessions are associated with different obsessional beliefs and personality traits. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. Toronto, ON.

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

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

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 annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, New Orleans, LA.

 

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

2015  President-elect of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), President during 2016-2017.

2014 – 2017  Board member, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW)

2014  Co-coordinator, Pre-conference PhD Institute, Network for Social Work Management annual conference, June 4, 2014, Boston University, Boston, MA.

2011-present  Conference Advisory Board, Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF)

2008-2014  Member, Commission on Membership & Professional Development, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

2009-2012  Board Member, National Association of Deans and Directors (NADD) of Social Work

2011 – 2015  Secretary, Board Member, St. Louis Group (Deans of Schools of Social Work at Research I programs)

2011-present  Conference Planning Committee, Mental Health Association of San Francisco

2010  Conference Co-Chair, World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT), Boston, MA

Editorial Board Member

Behaviour Research and Therapy, 2003-present
Clinical Psychology Review, 1997-present
Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 1991-present
In Session: Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1994-2012
Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 1989-present
Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2011-present
Les Annales Médico Psychologiques, 2011-present
Research on Social Work Practice, 1990-1994

 

Ad hoc Reviewer

American Journal of Community Psychology
American Journal of Psychiatry
Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
Behavior Modification
Behavior Therapy
British Journal of Psychiatry
Clinical Psychological Science
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive Therapy and Research
Comprehensive Psychiatry
Depression and Anxiety
International Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Journal of Affective Disorders
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Journal of Psychiatric Practice
Journal of Psychiatric Research
Journal of Psychological Assessment
Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Neuropsychologia
Personality and Individual Differences
Psychiatric Times
Psychiatry Research
Psychological Assessment
Psychological Medicine
Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
Psychopharmacology
Psychotherapy Research
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Clinical Psychological Science

 

Book/Manuscript Reviewer

American Psychiatric Association Press, 2012
Koran, L.M., & Simpson, H.B. (2012). Guideline Watch: Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with OCD, Arlington, VA: APA

Oxford University Press, 2014
Treatments that Work series, 2007-present

Sage
Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3 volumes), 2002
University of Chicago Press, 2013

 

Grant Reviewer

International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), grant reviewer, 2008-present
Israel Science Foundation, 2012
Wellcome Trust, UK, 2010
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) review committees
Interventions and Treatment Review (ITV) Committee, 2003-2007
Psychopathology and Clinical Biology (PCB) Committee, 1991-1994
Ad hoc reviewer: SBIR grants, 2002; Minority RISP grants, 2000
Reviewer reserve panel, 1995-2002, 2008
Hampton Research Fund, University of British Columbia, ad hoc grant reviewer, 2003
Medical Research Council (MRC) of Canada, ad hoc grant reviewer, 1998-2000, 2013
Ontario Mental Health Foundation, 2002, 2004

 

Awards and Honors

2014                    Career Award, San Francisco Mental Health Association, San Francisco, CA

2013                    Outstanding Career Achievement Award, International OCD Foundation, Atlanta, GA

2012-present      Fellow, elected to the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

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

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

Licensure and Certifications

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Massachusetts