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Hoarding Research Group

Hoarding behaviours incur high economic and social costs, meaning there is an urgent need for improved understanding of its causes and consequences. There is also an urgent need for high-quality multi-disciplinary research to devise individually-tailored intervention strategies to reduce its impact, both economically and socially.

As a result, Northumbria University established the Hoarding Research Group in April 2017 under the directorship of Dr Nick Neave, Associate Professor in Psychology. This group uniquely brings together academics from North East universities with stakeholders from local authorities, housing associations, charities, social care services, mental health services, and the emergency services.

The partners work jointly to address issues emerging from those people with hoarding disorder through seven working groups, each focusing on a particular issue in relation to hoarding behaviours:

  • Animal Hoarding
  • Digital Hoarding
  • Self-neglect, mental capacity and legal aspects
  • Psychometric, cognitive and neuropsychological assessments
  • Multi-agency approaches and safeguarding
  • Personal risk, family, social and environmental impacts
  • Collecting behaviours.

Hoarding in a garage

The Hoarding Research Group forms part of the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences' multidisciplinary research theme of Integrated Health and Social Care; with particular relevance to the ‘Creative Health Interventions’ and ‘Vulnerable Populations’ research strands.

For further information, or to work with the Hoarding Research Group, please contact Dr Nick Neave.


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