Christiana Bratiotis and May Luu presented at the 24th Annual OCD Conference, July 2017

Christiana Bratiotis and May Luu both presented at the 24th Annual OCD Conference in San Francisco, July 2017. This conference was hosted by the International OCD Foundation. For more on the conference, click here.

Christiana participated in three talks at the conference:

Steketee, G., Frost, R.O., Bratiotis, C., Muroff, J., Shuer, L., & Belofsky Shuer, B. (2017).  Managing Clutter and Hoarding in the Community. Day-long pre-conference workshop at the annual meeting of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. San Francisco, CA.
Bratiotis, C., Ayers, C., Mayes, T., Timpano, K., & Edsell-Vetter (2017). Community Responses to Hoarding Disorder. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. San Francisco, CA.
Timpano, K., Grisham, J., Luu, M., Bratiotis, C., Jewels, K., & Davidoff, D. (2017). Research Update on the Core Features and Risk Factors for Hoarding Disorder. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. San Francisco, CA.

Here is the abstract from May’s talk:

Although most hoarded homes are relatively clean, some develop poor living conditions like filth or disrepair. To date, little is known about how homes end up this way. The current study identified unique predictors and generated ideas about processes involved in the development of poor living conditions in hoarding. Three North American community agencies shared in-home assessment data for mainly involuntary clients with problematic living conditions, such as hoarded or filthy homes. Each site completed in-home assessments to evaluate client characteristics and living conditions. Study findings replicated at multiple sites suggest that both high clutter accumulation and kitchen or bathroom problems uniquely predicted squalor. Number of pets was also predictive of one specific indicator of squalor. Study findings also hinted that disrepair might be related to extreme clutter accumulation. These findings help explain how squalor fits into hoarding and have direct implications for community agencies that address problematic living conditions.