The Hoarding Project Research
Research plays an important part of the mission of The Hoarding Project to help promote an increased understanding of Hoarding Disorder and its influence on individuals, families, and communities.
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THP Research Director
Jennifer Sampson, Ph.D., LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and co-founder of The Hoarding Project. Jennifer earned her doctorate in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests involve the influence of family and life experiences on hoarding behavior, as well as developing effective and ethical approaches to mandatory hoarding cleanouts. She has published multiple articles in academic journals on hoarding, and completed her dissertation work on understanding the influences of unresolved trauma and loss and family dynamics on hoarding behavior. She earned her Master’s degree from Seattle Pacific University and teaches at Antioch University Seattle in the Couples and Family Therapy Department. She has currently practices therapy in her private practice in Tacoma, Washington, and chairs the King/Pierce County Hoarding Task Force.
To learn more about THP research, please contact Jennifer Sampson at email@example.com
THP Research- Current Projects
“The Impact of Hoarding Cleanouts” Primary Investigator: Jennifer Sampson, PhD., LMFT is President and Research Director of The Hoarding Project (THP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization aimed at providing education, research, and treatment for people who hoard, their families, and communities.
Dr. Sampson is currently conducting a research study titled, “The Lived Experience of People who Hoard who have Undergone a Forced Cleanout of their Home.”
Hoarding has long been identified as a community health problem and has been found to have a significant economic and social burden on communities at large. It is clear to experts that forced full- and partial- cleanouts- or abatements- are not helpful without mental health assistance. In fact, these cleanouts may even be harmful to the homeowners who are forced to clear out their homes to avoid serious consequences, like eviction or loss of child custody. To date, there have been no academic studies on the long-term effects of abatements, and we know almost nothing about the financial and emotional costs of these approaches, both to the community and the individuals who hoard and their families. This significantly limits professional and government agencies in their ability to intervene and respond in appropriate, effective, and ethical ways.
THP appreciates your voluntary participation in this study designed to explore the impact of forced cleanouts on a person who hoards. To be eligible for this confidential phone interview study, you must reside in the United States or Canada and be of age 18 or older and have undergone a forced cleanout by some authority (e.g. court-ordered, code enforcement, housing authority/property manger, protective services, etc) at least 6 months ago. The survey is open to anyone that meets these requirements. If you are interested in participating this study or getting more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
THP Research- Past Projects
Sampson, J. M., & Harris, S. M. (2013). The Influences of Unresolved Trauma and Family Experiences on Hoarding Behavior: An Internet Survey. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.
Sampson, J.M., Yeats, J. R., & Harris, S. M. (2012). Compulsive hoarding and ambiguous loss: A clinical intervention for family members of persons who hoard. Contemporary Family Therapy. 34(4), 566-581.
Sampson, J. M. (2012). The lived experiences of family members of persons who compulsively hoard: A qualitative study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2012.00315.x
Past and present research projects relating to hoarding.
Opportunities to become a research participant in the areas of hoarding.
Research articles pertaining to hoarding.