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Welcome to the IOCDF Hoarding Center

Hoarding has been a hidden disorder for many years. Before the early 1990’s, there was little research on hoarding. Since then, however, interest has increased dramatically among research scientists and clinicians. Recent media coverage of hoarding has also increased awareness and interest among sufferers, family members, and human service personnel who often deal with the problem. The IOCDF Hoarding Center is designed to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information about hoarding and its treatment. The Center has five goals:
  • Educate the general public about hoarding.
  • Facilitate education and training of human service personnel including mental health, social services, public health and housing as well as police and fire officials.
  • Support research into the causes of and effective treatments for hoarding.
  • Improve access to resources for those with hoarding disorder and their families, as well as clinicians and service personnel.
  • Advocate and lobby for public policy change as it affects people who hoard, their families and community members.
Welcome to the IOCDF Hoarding Center Site Click above to watch a welcome video from Randy Frost
The Hoarding Center has 6 sections:

About Hoarding provides an overview of this disorder with articles from the history of hoarding to genetic features and possible brain mechanisms involved.

Help for Hoarding includes information about different types of interventions, as well as referral lists.

Community Services provides background for health, housing, and human service personnel about hoarding, as well as information about professional organizers and legal issues related to hoarding.

Resources includes links to other sources of information, including books, related websites, videos and podcasts about hoarding.

The Research section provides the most recent updates of just published as well as ongoing research about hoarding. Also contained in this section are assessment tools as pdfs.

Our Hoarding in the News section will highlight local and national news stories about hoarding.

We hope the IOCDF Hoarding Center meets your information and resource needs for most aspects of hoarding. We invite your comments and suggestions which you can direct to


Randy FrostRandy O. Frost, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Gail SteketeeGail Steketee, Ph.D.
Dean/Professor of Social Work
Boston University
Boston, MA
International OCD Foundation Hoarding Center