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(p. ix) About the Editors

(p. ix) About the Editors

Randy O. Frost

Randy O. Frost received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1977 and is currently the Harold and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College. He is an internationally recognized expert on obsessive-compulsive disorder and compulsive hoarding and has published more than 150 scientific articles and book chapters on these topics. Dr. Frost serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and on the editorial board of several scientific journals. Dr. Frost is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Along with Dr. Gail Steketee, Dr. Frost edits the Hoarding Center on the International OCD Foundation website.

His self-help book, Buried in Treasures, received a Self-Help Book of Merit Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy in 2010.

His best-selling book, Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things (with Gail Steketee), was published by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt in 2010 and was a finalist for the 2010 Books for a Better Life Award. Stuff was also named a Must-Read Book for 2011 by Massachusetts Book Awards and was a New York Times best seller as well as a Sunday Book Review Editors' Choice Selection. In 2012 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in innovation, treatment, and research in the field of hoarding and cluttering by the Mental Health Association of San Francisco.

Gail Steketee

Dr. Gail Steketee is Dean and Professor of the Boston University School of Social Work. She received her masters and PhD degrees from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Researchat Bryn Mawr College. Her research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of obsessive-compulsive (OC) spectrum conditions, especially hoarding disorder (HD), and on developing and testing evidence-based treatments for these and related mental health conditions.She has received several grants from NIMH and from the International OCD Foundation to examine family factors that influence treatment outcomes for anxiety disorders and to testcognitive andbehavioral treatments for OCD, HD and body dysmorphicdisorder.Her research on hoarding with collaborators Drs. Randy Frost and David Tolin has contributed significantly to the development of diagnostic criteria for HD which appear in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5, 2013). Dr. Steketee has published over 200 articles and chapters and authored or co-authored more than 15 books on these (p. x) topics,and has appeared in a variety of media venues regarding her work on hoarding.She was elected to the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and has received awardsfrom the Association of Behavioraland Cognitive Therapiesand the Society for Social Work Research. She serves on editorial boards and as reviewer for several journals in social work, psychology, and psychiatry, as well as on advisory boards of US and Canadian OCD foundations and the Council of Social Work Education.