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The New Yorker: “Let It Go”

December 15th, 2014 in Faculty, SSW in the Media

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.47.30 AMDean and Professor Gail Steketee, PhD, was named in Joan Acocella’s article “Let it Go – Are we Becoming a Nation of Hoarders,” published in The New Yorker. Here, Acocella tells the stories of her mother, Homer and Langley Collyer, and Edith Ewing Bouvier Baele and her daughter Edith, also known as Big and Little Edie, all mild to severe hoarders.

The sense that hoarding was a symptom of genteel eccentricity started to change about twenty years ago. In 1993, Randy Frost, a professor of psychology at Smith College, and one of his students, Rachel Gross, published an article, in Behaviour Research and Therapy, to the effect that hoarding was not rare but common, and a dangerous business. By 2010, Frost and a colleague, Gail Steketee, in their book “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things”—which examined the Collyers in detail—were claiming that between six and fifteen million Americans were engaged in pathological hoarding.

Click here to read Acocella’s full article. Learn more about Steketee’s research and publications, including “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things,” here.

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Dean and Professor Gail Steketee Quoted in Martha Stewart Living Magazine

May 7th, 2014 in Faculty, SSW in the Media


Boston University School of Social Work Dean and Professor Gail Steketee, PhD, was recently interviewed for an article by Miranda Silva in Martha Stewart Living. “For the Love of Lightening Up” discusses the benefits of relinquishing goods while honoring happy memories.

Steketee acknowledges the various reasons people decide to hold on to things. “Sometimes it’s just simply joy or aesthetics – there’s pleasure in seeing an object,” she explains in the article. “But often nostalgia, guilt, and anxiety play a role.”

To combat the clutter buildup, Steketee suggests a thorough examination of the reasons for holding onto an item. If it is a struggle to justify keeping something, or it is kept out of mere obligation, it is time to let it go. Further, she reminds readers of the benefits of finding a good home for their cherished items. “The good feeling that comes from donating helps counter any guilt,” Steketee explains.

The complete article and further information about the emotional and physical ramifications of clutter buildup can be found in the How-To Handbook section of the April 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living.

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Boston University School of Social Work Ranked 16th in 2012 U.S. News and World Report

March 13th, 2012 in SSW News Releases

The Boston University School of Social Work has been ranked 16th among 206 social work graduate programs nationwide, according to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” This places the BU School of Social Work in the top eight percent of all programs. Rankings are based on surveys of experts in the field of social work education. In the previous 2008 report, the BU program was ranked 22 among 168 MSW programs – in the top 13% of all programs.

 “We are delighted with this ranking for our master in social work program,” said Dean Gail Steketee. “That peer social work educators rate our program among the nation’s very best indicates the high quality of our faculty and academic programs, our urban mission, and our dedication to graduating excellent social workers with skill and compassion.”

Social work program rankings are based on peer assessment surveys sent to deans and directors, and to other top administrators or faculty at accredited MSW degree programs. Respondents rated the academic quality of programs on a five-point scale: outstanding (5), strong (4), good (3), adequate (2) or marginal (1). Only fully accredited programs in good standing during the survey period are ranked.

“Our program’s quality and desirability is reflected in the large number of applicants and excellent enrollment rates for those we accept,” said Dean Gail Steketee. “Our students have a great experience and our alumni show very high pass rates on the social work licensure exam and are employed in a wide range of exciting jobs.”

To see the 2012 list of rankings, visit http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/social-work-rankings

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Christiana Bratiotis and Dean Gail Steketee Featured in BU Today Article on Hoarding

November 17th, 2011 in Faculty, SSW in the Media

hoarding_handbook_coverChristiana Bratiotis, postdoctoral fellow and adjunct professor of clinical practice, and Dean Gail Steketee were featured in BU Today for their co-written book, The Hoarding Handbook. The book was written specifically for people who find hoarders and includes practical tips on how to interact with them. Bratiotis, in particular, has become a “de facto hotline” for those who come across hoarders and receives as many as “a dozen calls a week,” according to the article.

Read the full article here.

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Dean Gail Steketee Comments on Hoarding in the Washington Post

October 14th, 2011 in Faculty, SSW in the Media

Stuff CoverDean Gail Steketee, Ph.D., was recognized as a “renowned hoarding expert” and is quoted in the Washington Post. Dean Steketee is co-author of “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things” and said the problem can be compared to “a little bit of pack rat behavior gone haywire.”

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

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