Hoarding Research Team

The Hoarding Research Team at BU School of Social Work, led by Dean Emerita Gail Steketee and Associate Professor Jordana Muroff, engages in activities that include the study of hoarding and its background features, relationship to other disorders, and possible etiological factors.

Clutter Image Rating Tool

The Clutter Image Rating (CIR) tool was developed as an objective rating scale to assess hoarding and clutter. In 2007, the paper-based measure was first introduced in Dean Gail Steketee and Professor Randy Frost’s Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: A Therapist Guide  Professor Jordana Muroff and a team of students led by Ann Ming Samborski and Sophie Lehar developed a downloadable CIR application for iPhones and iPads.

Click here to download the CIR application on iTunes.

Ann Ming Samborski
Sophie Lehar
Anyssa Buchanan
Maggie Lehar
Jordana Muroff, PhD
Boston University

Frost, R.O., Steketee, G., Tolin, D.T., & Renaud, S. (2008). Development and validation of the Clutter Image Rating. J Psychopathol Behav Assess; 30, pp. 193–203.

Steketee, G., & Frost, R. O. (2007). Compulsive hoarding and acquiring: A therapist guide. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Hoarding Team Projects

Hoarding Research Team

Gail Steketee, PhD, LICSW (Boston University)

Jordana Muroff, PhD, LICSW (Boston University)

Randy Frost, PhD (Smith College)

David Tolin, PhD (Hartford Hospital)

Kate Glossier, BA (Boston University)

Clinical Collaborators

Catherine Ayers, PhD

Jessica Rasmussen, PhD

Cristina Sorrentino Schmalish, PhD, LICSW

Kathy Turner, MPH, LICSW