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Keynote speech at the 2014 International Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering Conference

Initial results from the Help For Hoarding study funded by PCORI were presented by Dr. Mathews at the 2014 ICHC in San Francisco this week.  Slides from the talk can be found here: ICHC talk 2014.

Get treatment for hoarding and cluttering as part of our new study!

PGENeS is collaborating with the Mental Health Association of San Francisco in a study to learn more about different treatments for people with problematic hoarding or cluttering (Hoarding Disorder).

Participants of this study will be asked to commit to 16 group sessions, 2 hours in length, over the span of 20 weeks. Before and after receiving the 20-week treatment, participants will complete surveys, diagnostic interviews, and cognitive assessment at the Parnassus campus of UCSF. Payment for participation is $100.


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you are 18 years or older, you have problems with hoarding and cluttering or have Hoarding Disorder, and have not received cognitive-behavioral treatment for Hoarding Disorder in the last 12 months.


If you would like to learn more about this study, please contact:Ofilio Vigil at 415-476-7732 or

Hoarding Treatment Grant Funded

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced today that a collaborative project between PGENeS and the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHA-SF) will receive over $2 million in funding for a project to compare two types of treatment for Hoarding Disorder. These treatments include group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), led by a psychologist and support group treatment using a manual aimed to help individuals conquer their hoarding challenges and facilitated by a peer who has experienced hoarding challenges.  See the project description here.

The Surprising Science Behind Hoarding

A recent article in the Pacific Standard magazine highlights much of the emerging science around Hoarding Disorder, including work done by the PGENeS group.  Read it here.

OCD study in Costa Rica highlighted in La Nacion newspaper

The Central Valley of Costa Rica has long been a fruitful place for genetic research.  This month, our ongoing work on the genetics of OCD in large multigenerational families gets a mention in Costa Rica’s premier newspaper, La Nacion.