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Randy O. Frost

Harold Edward and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Randy Frost


Bass Hall 307


Randy O. Frost received his doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1977 and is the Harold and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College. He has published more than 160 scientific articles and book chapters on hoarding and related topics. His work has been funded by the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health. Frost serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation. He has co-authored several best-selling books on hoarding, and his research has been featured on a variety of television and radio news shows, including 20/20 DowntownGood Morning AmericaThe Today ShowDateline, National Public Radio (general news as well as the award-winning program The Infinite Mind), CBS Sunday Morning, BBC News, and the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s The Nature of Things. He has also consulted with various hoarding task forces around the world and has given hundreds of lectures and workshops on the topic in the U.S. and internationally.

Selected Publications

Co-author. The Oxford Handbook of Hoarding and Acquiring, with Gail Steketee. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Co-author. Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, with Gail Steketee. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2010.

Co-author. Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding, with David Tolin and Gail Steketee. Oxford University Press, 2007.

Co-author. Cognitive Approaches to Obsessions and Compulsions: Theory, Assessment and Treatment, with Gail Steketee. Pergamon, 2002.


Office Hours

Tuesday, Thursday 10:40am–noon


Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Kansas

Curriculum Vitae
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Help for Hoarding
Selected works in Smith ScholarWorks