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Jennifer Sampson

Antioch University Seattle

Jennifer is a licensed marriage and family therapist, Program Director, and core faculty member at Antioch University Seattle in the Couple and Family Therapy program. She joined the faculty at Antioch in 2013. She has been practicing individual, couple, and family therapy since 2007. In her independent group practice in Tacoma, WA, she provides clinical services for individuals and couples with relationship problems, sexuality concerns, moving through life transitions, or other related issues. She also specializes in work with individuals who hoard and their families.

Jennifer has served as the Executive Director and co-founder of The Hoarding Project from 2011 to 2018 after earning 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.

Jennifer currently serves as the Board President for the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; she has served on the board since 2017.

Educational History

  • BS, Psychology, University of North Dakota
  • MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University
  • PhD, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota

  • Sampson, J. M. (2018). Hoarding and the aging population: A growing crisis. Family Therapy Magazine, 17(2), 18-22.
  • Sampson, J. M., Yeats, J. R., & Shapiro, L. (2017). Hoarding. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling.
  • Whitehill, A. R., & Sampson, J. M. (2016). Review of Termination Challenges in Child Psychotherapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42(2), 364-365.
  • Sampson, J. M. (2013). The Influences of Unresolved Trauma and Family Experiences on Hoarding Behavior. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. Retrieved from
  • Harris, S. M., & Sampson, J. M. (2013). Adultery and infidelity. In Cultural Sociology of Divorce. R. E. Emery & J. G. Golson [Eds.]. Sage Publications.
  • 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
  • Sampson, J. M., Kelly-Trombley, H. M., Zubatsky, J. M., & Harris, S. M. (2012). Breaking up is hard to do: Dismissing students from MFT training programs. American Journal of Family Therapy.
  • Sampson, J. M. (2011). Review of Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37(3), 373-374.
  • Sampson, J.M. (2009-2012). “CD in the Media”. St. Louis, MO: The Chronical, The Institute for Challenging Disorganization, bi-monthly newsletter column.
  • Sampson, J.M. & Yeats, J.R. (2011). Take them or leave them? Involving difficult families in the organization process. St. Louis, MO: The Chronical, The Institute for Challenging Disorganization, October/November.
  • Community Service Award, Antioch University, August 2017
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellowship, 2009-2012
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student, Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2012
  • David and Karen Olson Marriage and Family Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2010-11
  • Waller Summer Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2009-2011
  • Clinical Fellow – American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Board President – Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Clinical Member – American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Washington State
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Jennifer Sampson

Chair & Core Faculty,

Couple and Family Therapy, School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy


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