Virtual Reality Clinical Study


Hoarding disorder (HD) is a highly disabling condition in which individuals have persistent difficulty parting with personal possessions, which results in clutter and inability to use the rooms in the home for their intended use. Better treatments are needed to prevent the morbidity of hoarding disorder. Buried in Treasures Workshop (BIT) has been shown to improve symptoms of hoarding disorder, including decreasing acquiring, and improving difficulty discarding (Frost, Ruby, Shuer 2012; Frost, Pekareva-Kochergina, and Maxner 2011). There is preliminary evidence from our lab that in-home decluttering sessions help solidify skills learned in the BIT group. For those individuals that are unable to have in-home visits, we aim to test the utility of virtual reality (VR) as a way to recreate virtually being in the “home” while practicing discarding possessions.

Purpose: This study will test the feasibility of adding ten sessions (1 hour per session) of VR to BIT workshop. We will assess whether this intervention will reduce both hoarding symptoms and clutter. Each participant will work with a clinician while immersed in a personalized VR environment that mimics their actual home and possessions.

This clinical study is funded by the  by the National Institute of Aging (NIA) and is listed in


Do you have difficulty with clutter?

Feeling overwhelmed and needing help?

Are you over 55?

You may be eligible to receive peer-support group sessions paired with virtual reality (VR) sessions at no cost to you.

Physician Investigator: Carolyn Rodriguez, M.D, Ph.D., Stanford Medical Center

Funding: National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)

Stanford IRB# 41899


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